Death is approaching everyone. One moment we
will no longer be who we have believed ourselves to
be. Our bodies will be lifeless. And all that we have
experienced, our loves, our hates, our successes and
our failures, will dissipate as dreams.
How we die is important.
Art of Dying does not relate death with age. Our
which our organic echo may live as long as earth exists,
through nurturing the growth of trees whose seeds will
grow new trees whose seeds will grow new trees…
Here is William Buhlman, a remarkable entity whose
human life’s calling is to reveal that death as we fear it, as
we think we know it, does not exist.
And here is Harry North, an accomplished artist dying
cover artist, and hospice whisperer, Claudia BiÇen, just
of prostate cancer, who appreciates death as a great
men dedicated to changing society’s relationship with
embodied life ends. Harry’s is the voice Art of Dying is
turned 30. Jon Underwood and Ivor Williams are young
dying. Death has always influenced the art of robust
Koshin Paley Ellison, Karen Wyatt, MD and Ellen Fein
awakener and who accelerates his creative activity as his
most honored to share—authentic, vital and inspiring to
those of us who have yet to face death’s call.
Art of Dying unconditionally respects the numberless
have witnessed thousands of deaths, remembering and
ways through which we cope with death’s mystery. All
intimate involvement with what most of us avoid.
and sorrow be negated, nor that the Unknown be known.
learning from each. Their lives are enriched through
Phyllis Shacter shares her husband’s conscious choice
of elective death through Voluntarily Stopping Eating
and Drinking (VSED) rather than granting Alzheimer’s the
perspectives are welcome, with no insistence that pain
Death transcends the humancentric worldview. We, the
living and the dying, unite in death’s transcendence.
Each of us has developed a unique Art of Living,
power to cripple their life and love.
through which we have crafted our identity, our public
molecular shell, Capsula Mundi offers options through
of Living’s masterpiece.
For those concerned about the fate of their abandoned
and private sense of self. Our Art of Dying can be our Art
JOHN WADSWORTH, FOUNDING EDITOR AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR
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