Awake at the Bedside - Foreword
Thought leaders in the field of contemplative caregiving offer resilience, wisdom, and freedom for those who keep watch at the bedside.
“These days, many people seem to shy away from discussing death or feel great discomfort in the presence of those who are dying. Yet death is a natural part of life, whether it be the death of others or our own deaths. The diverse material in this book, accounts and reflections written from first-hand experience, will help us reflect more deeply on our attitudes to death and dying, and be of value to many people, irrespective of their religious or philosophical tradition. They illustrate how, in our interactions with those who are terminally ill, we ourselves have a unique opportunity to break down the barriers of our ego-centricity and fully develop our potential for an immediate, active compassion and immeasurable loving kindness. But, just as important, they show how much the dying can teach us.”
—17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje