I found this book particularly powerful because the author writes about many conversations from the final days of people's lives. It's always seemed to me that life is incomplete without the stories and perspectives of the dying - it is perhaps only at the very end of our lives, if we're given the grace of time to reflect, that we finally understand what is truly important and what is of little value. As the book shows, profound learning and real changes can occur even when there is little time left.
Compassion is the golden key which unlocked much of the wisdom in this book. Displayed over time it melts the hardest hearts and allows people to change no matter what they have done or how harshly they judge themselves and others. 'Life is over so quickly…appreciate the time you have left by valuing all of the gifts in your life and that includes, especially, your own amazing self.'
The Sunday Times bills it as 'heart-rending' but I would say 'heart warming, life giving and full of hope.'
|Published Hay House UK Ltd, London 2011|
Bronnie Ware is a Singer, song writer and writer as well as a palliative care worker. To see more of her work visit www.bronnieware.com