Being with Dying
Contemplative Practices and Teachings

Liberating wisdom for life's greatest transition-for caretakers and those facing death.



On his deathbed, Plato was asked to summarize his life's work. He replied: "Practice dying." In the 2,000 years since Plato offered this wise admonition, we have developed many practices associated with living. But what of the practices associated with dying? Being with Dying is a response to this question: an approach to death that is kind, open, and dignified, and that allows us to explore the meaning of death in the experience of our own lives and through the lives of others.

Founded by Joan Halifax, Being with Dying began as a project to help healthcare professionals and their patients learn to see death and know life in terms of compassion and awakening. Distilled from this influential program, the Being with Dying audio learning course combines Eastern and Western psychology, philosophy, and contemplative practices from many spiritual traditions. This innovative, hands-on approach has taught medical professionals, social workers, clergy, community activists, and spiritual seekers an elegant path for taking the fear out of the dying experience. In gently caring for the dying, we also learn to more wisely care for the living—and for life itself.

Often in our culture, life is equated with success and death with failure. Being with Dying honestly examines death and dying, not in terms of medical success or failure—but as a possibility for awakening. Join Joan Halifax and learn key practices for creating a calm, mindful, sacred space where life and death are brought into the full light of awareness.



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Review for Being with Dying Review by Kirsten Ammeen


I am reordering these CDs because I had them in cassette from 1997. I have listened to them many many times over and have read Joan Halifax's book, Being With Dying...this set will embark you on a Practice of LIFE. The meditations are appropriate for everyone, even if you do not work with the dying. Ms Halifax guides us to open our selves to one of the greatest experiences we all will encounter. By practicing "death" we can fully live and be open to what we truly are-- I am blown away whenever I listen to it.... (Posted on January 26, 2012)

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Review for Being with Dying Review by Adam Perry


No reviews yet? Are you serious?! This is a fantastic audio book and guide, teaching deep abiding compassion and love for the dying and all of life. I don't work in palliative care, and it doesn't matter, I was deeply curious, I have witnessed the dying process of a loved one and it is a crucial part of the spiritual journey and the human condition. Thanks so much Joan, and the Sounds True Crew! (Posted on December 22, 2011)

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Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 15 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 1997
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-998-2
Product Code AF00048W