Dying is a New Experience

How do we manage the experience of dying? The inevitability of death and the travails as it approaches is the topic of endless concern in all the arts. Regardless, for the individual facing death it is unique and new. Though we each die, some quite suddenly, those who die in the last stages of chronic illness may endure the experience as a slow progression.

Personal Account: This writer, suffering from a glioblastoma, whose earlier contribution (see “Life-threatening Illness”), describes her experience in its later stages.
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Perhaps dying is not a new experience. Perhaps one may encounter the nearness of death and survive. Richard D. Chessick, M.D. PhD. describes the experience of coming close to death, but not succumbing.
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