Preparing to Die


Preparing to Die offers generous spiritual and practical guidance to help us develop confidence and compassion wherever there is fear of – our own or others' – confronting death. A significant contribution to the continued transplantation of the Buddha's wisdom in Western culture.

"Death is one of the most precious experiences in life, literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Yet after many years of teaching on death and dying, I am surprised that even for spiritual practitioners death remains a dreaded event. We dread it because we don't know about it. We don'tlook forward to death because we don't know what to look forward to. I wrote this book to help you prepare – to illuminate the darkness of death and to give you something to look forward to. My vision was to provide a comprehensive reference manual, an encyclopedia of death.

Preparing to Die is divided into two principal parts, on spiritual and practical preparation. Each of these is further divided into what to do before, during, and after death – both for yourself and for others. This provides a framework that is easily referenced during any stage of the dying process. Preparing to Dieis directed to students of Tibetan Buddhism, it can benefit anyone interested in penetrating the mysteries of death from the Buddhist perspective. My aspiration is to take much of the mystery out of death – and therefore most of the misery – by addressing it in the most comprehensive way." Andrew Holecek

There is much in this book that will appeal to anyone who has an open mind and is interested in a non-materialistic approach to death. Particularly inspiring is the "heart-advice" drawn from interviews with Tibetan masters, all of whom emphasize the fundamental importance of one's state of mind: for those who are dying, letting go, and for those who attend them, love." Francesca Fremantle, translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead