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Dying for Beginners by Patrick Clary

Dying for Beginners

by Patrick Clary

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 097776320X, Paperback)

Zen masters describe "Beginner's Mind" as the mental state that can help us face the most severe challenges with flexibility, courage, and integrity. Since we are all destined to be beginners at dying, long-time hospice physician Patrick Clary invites us to embrace the virtues of this status in his new book of poetry, Dying for Beginners. Entering this aspect of our inner lives may help us as we seek to be present to others, to fully inhabit ourselves, and to make our own choices as we die.

A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Patrick Clary first faced issues of death and dying as a medic in an infantry unity. Dying for Beginners is not just a collection of poems, but a lyrical memoir of love, life and death in our time, from the Nevada desert to Southeast Asia, from Jonestown, Guyana to big city ER. Through more than 20 years of caring for gravely ill patients and their families Dr. Clary has come to believe that death can be as miraculous as birth, and that living fully is the best preparation for dying well. This is a book of poetry that can help you change your life.

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