Hospice Physician Shares Life Lessons from Dying
Posted by Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
May 7, 2012, Silverthorne, CO) A “perfect storm” is brewing for the approximately 79 million members of the baby boom generation, according to Colorado physician Karen Wyatt. With advancing age, these individuals face not only concern over Medicare and Social Security, but cope with the passing of their parents while also confronting the inevitability of their own death, she said. In addition, Dr. Wyatt notes, much of this generation, including the 42% who have dropped out of all religious practice during adulthood, are lacking the spiritual skills many people rely on to manage crisis and catastrophe.
Dr. Wyatt, a family physician who has spent her 25-year medical career working with patients in challenging settings such as hospices, nursing homes and indigent clinics, found that there is much to be learned by viewing life through the eyes of those who have already confronted their own mortality, facing the crisis head-on. Her new book, What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, tells the stories of numerous patients at the end of life and the transformative lessons they learned through their suffering, offering the readers source material for the spiritual lessons to help survive the challenges of their future on this planet. Through the combination of storytelling and spiritual discourse, each of these lessons is conveyed in a manner that inspires the heart and soul while enriching the mind.
While the lessons are based on ancient wisdom common to all the great religions, they mirror the seven statements attributed to Jesus on the cross, and are entitled Suffering, Love, Forgiveness, Paradise, Purpose, Surrender, and Impermanence.
“Though this book uses verses from the Christian tradition, its spiritual focus is not limited to any particular religious belief and offers timeless wisdom to all readers, even those who do not identify with any particular practice or faith,” Dr. Wyatt said. “In fact, the book may be thought of as a spiritual primer for the non-religious, teaching the basic principles of living a conscious life to those who may be seeking greater awareness for the first time in their lives.”
Uplifting and healing, What Really Matters is a must-read for people dealing with the uncertainty of what lies ahead. And that’s pretty much all of us.
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