In the year that her father and sister both died, Patricia Pearson’s family had extraordinary experiences. She decided to explore what others had experienced of the world glimpsed by those between dying and death, and those around them. She tells what she learned from those near death, palliative care staff, scientists and theologians who share their wisdom in this book. Pearson believes our culture needs to learn more about facing death, and that we are diminished when we deny the spiritual dimension of our lives.
My favourite quote, which the author attributes to Rabindranath Tagore, a Nobel Laureate for literature in 1924: “Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.”