Bridge to Dreams, 2010. 102 pages. ISBN 9780975293218
In Buddhist thought, the day you die is considered the most important day of your life. The moment of your death is the culmination of your entire life; you want to be at the highest vibration possible in that moment so that you can move on to the highest vibration possible on the Other Side.
Maria Hoaglund’s second book The Most Important Day of Your Life: Are You Ready? will help you get ready for your death. You will learn about some of the best kept secrets of hospice and how you might go deeper spiritually. You will learn how expansive your life is and how lovingly, creatively, and graciously you might live it. And who knows? You just might decide–as the Celtic way suggests–to die before you die, so that when you finally let go of your earthly life, you’ll realize that it’s not an “end,” but simply a transition into a whole new way of being!
Maria has written a book that is guaranteed to open up conversations about end-of-life issues. Using stories and anecdotes, she takes us through anxiety and fears about death and dying with humor and meditation exercises to help not just when we are dying but long before the thought even enters our minds. She compares her hospice work to a near-death experience in slow motion– how she has come to see the light through being with the dying, and ends the book with 20 questions you’ve always wanted to ask a hospice counsleor.
Once again, Maria Dancing Heart has written a heartfelt and inspiring book about befriending death. Her stories and learned wisdom from years as a hospice counselor draw us into the beauty, mystery, and light of the ultimate passage of life: dying. Of the multitude of treasures that live within this slim volume, perhaps the most impactful is its contribution to the wave of awakening consciousness. Specifically, the veils of taboo and silence around death and dying that are held so dearly in this culture drop away effortlessly through the author’s words, and we are uplifted into reverence and joy for life itself–in all of its variations and conditions. And the more we can say yes to life, the more we can say yes to the most important day of our life.
Death Is a Part of Life!
We work so hard in our society today to ignore death – to push it away – to deny that it could happen to us or to any of our loved ones. We go to doctors and ask what more can you do to help me, to keep me “alive.”
Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund has a wonderful new book out. The Most Important Day of Your Life: Are You Ready? is a little book, easily read, and yet full of powerful reminders that death is a part of life. As a spiritual director, I found good suggestions of how I can be present with people who are facing death. And we all face death! So there are also ways I can be more present to my own life.
Each chapter has exercises to give the reader new ways of looking at this important day of our life. And each chapter has a little bit of humor. We need to laugh at death, not just fear it.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is walking with someone in the last days of his/her life – whether that is your parent, a member of your congregation, a client, a loved one. This book is for you to help you be more present to the now in a positive way. It will help you to be a loving witness on this important journey called life, that includes death.