How to live on when a loved one dies

by Thich Nhat Hanh


"A cloud can never die," said Thich Nhat Hanh, who, along with the Dalai Lama, was the best-known exponent of Buddhism in the West. "A cloud becomes rain, becomes water, becomes vapor, nothing is lost, but everything transforms." In his new book, the renowned Zen master offers guidance on coping with grief and the loss of a loved one. He shows how even the greatest storm of painful emotions can become a transforming force in deep acceptance. Simple but effective exercises such as mindful breathing, mindful walking, and meditations help to process the loss and find inner stability so that understanding at a deeper level becomes possible. The book is rounded out with concrete suggestions for end-of-life care, a ceremony for the deceased, how to create a memorial day for the deceased, and exercises to reconcile ourselves with death and loss. In this way, we can feel connected to a loved one long after they have let go of their physical form, and transform our grief. Thich Nhat Hanh's real-life application of Buddhist wisdom to everyday life for Westerners provides a whole new perspective on birth and death, and shows a path of healing and transformation. Hardcover

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