Author(s): Kerry Egan
A hospice chaplain's lessons on the meaning of life, from those who are leaving it What are the top regrets of the dying? That's what Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, learned as she listened to her patients on their deathbeds, witnessing what she calls the "spiritual work of dying" - the work of finding or making meaning of one's life, the experiences it contained and the people who have touched it. In this book she recalls the stories she heard - stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation, and secrets held too long. This isn't a book about dying - it's a book about living. Each of Egan's patients taught her something; in this moving and beautiful book, she imparts their poignant and profound lessons on how to live a life without regrets.
As the title suggests, this is not just a book about dying. It's one that will inspire readers to make the most of every day. Publishers Weekly When I forget the importance of kindness, when I forget to listen, when I no longer recognize the comfort of a quiet presence, when no words will help, when I lose sight of what is most important, I will want On Living within arm's reach, always. I love this book -- Abigail Thomas, author of 'A Three Dog Life' and 'What Comes Next and How to Like It' Thoughtful and refreshingly unpretentious ... [Egan's] insights continue to resonate for days after you've finished reading Washington Post on 'Fumbling'
Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of a memoir, Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago and has published essays in many national print and online publications, including Parents, American Baby, Reader's Digest, and CNN. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina.