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How to Die Consciously by Diane Goble isn’t like other books about dying. It’s the personal, right-here-and-now exercises, ideas, rituals, that set it apart. This wealth of “what really works” comes from her own experiences when she died and returned a near-death survivor, and from her years since of serving at the deathbed in a ministry of love and forgiveness. There are so many books out now about how to help the dying, but nothing like this. Her “Personal Transition Guidebook” that she helps the dying to create becomes a precious gift-- a way for individuals to consciously prepare for what’s to come, and to better understand the life in their death, and what happens next. The success of what she has helped the dying to do for themselves has laid the groundwork for Transition Guides trained in her system to aid in a conscious and spiritually supportive transition. Anyone can benefit from this book, so, keep it handy. You may use it more often than you think.

P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., researcher and author, among her books-- Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of The Story, The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences, and We Live Forever: The Real Truth About Death.

Diane Goble’s book, How to Die Consciously: Secrets from Beyond the Veil, shows us how learning to die consciously not only soothes the transition for the dying but also makes for a better grieving experience for those left behind. There is no easy way to bring up the conversation of death but Goble’s book shows us why this discussion is one of the most important discussions that we can have. Unfortunately, when we arrive at the end of our time in this lifespan, the physician is likely to write us a prescription for hospice and send us off to die. The physician will generally see our death as a failure instead of realizing that death is a necessary part of an ongoing cycle of life. It is a process that still needs their full attention. We can help both doctors and our family and friends by making sure they know what our wishes are. In fact, studies have shown that during the last week of life, the cost of care was over 50 percent higher for those who did not have such discussions or have their “Personal Transition Guidebook” already prepared.

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