This is a new book, subtitled A Guide to the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying, just out, written by my friend Mary Anne Sanders. I had the privilege of Attuning she and husband Clay as Reiki Master / Teachers. Mary Anne is a hypnotherapist and healer, who became interested in life as it nears death during the dying process of her mother.
I love the stories in the book, especially the dreams of those approaching death. I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, and have been musing on it since. I have come to understand in that time that death may well be a process that begins long before that moment of leaving – just as a full moon lasts for about 5 days, start to finish. The near death experience, about which we’ve heard the most, is simply the most well known part of that process, as the instant that the moon is at the full is known to us.
In Mary Anne’s stories, it might begin with a dream and end with someone actually naming and holding to their time of death – whether their goal is to die with a particular family member present, or perhaps to have no one near at the moment.
You’ll enjoy this book – it will give you a lot to think about as well. And there is much beauty in it.