My Descent into Death
A Second Chance at LIfe
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Foreword by Anne Rice
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As an atheist, Howard Storm was convinced that death marked the end of consciousness. But then he died and went to hell.
For years Howard Storm lived the American dream as a successful art professor and painter. Suddenly he found himself in the hospital awaiting surgery, and he realized with horror that his death was a real possibility. As an atheist, he was totally unprepared for what happened next. Storm found himself out of his body, staring at his own physical form, fully aware and more alive than ever before. In his spirit form, he was drawn into fearsome realms of darkness, where he experienced the terrible consequences of a selfish, materialistic life. Then he entered regions of light where he conversed with angelic beings and the Lord of Light Himself, who sent him back to Earth with a message of love. Storm shares his lessons learned in conversations with spiritual beings, revealing future conditions, the meaning of life, what happens when we die, the role of angels, and much more.
Farewell My Friend
A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Serious Illness and Even the Death of a Loved One
Beatrice Toney Bailey
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Farewell My Friend
A Step-by-Step Guide to Handling a Serious Illness and Even the Death of a Loved One
Beatrice Toney Bailey
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Bea and James Bailey
When Bea Bailey called to see if I might like to review her book, I could tell just by listening to her that it had to be very, very special indeed. Even over the phone I found myself in the presence of someone so filled with life and in possession of a heart that was wide open that I was inspired. To find such a person is a rare event - rarer still is to find that such a person has made caring for a loved one through serious illness and even death her mission. Her book, the outcome of her journey alongside her beloved husband James as his illness progressed and eventually claimed his life, is a pearl of priceless worth.
Bea has shared with humor, honesty, joy and sorrow all that she learned on this journey, and all that she believes you will need to know should such a passage become part of your own life.
This is the most practical, healing book on the subject I've ever seen. It is as though Bea were standing along side you, say, now you need to attend to this matter; now you need to check on that; are you taking care of yourself? Here's what to do so that you continue to have the strength to help. And more, much more.
Farewell, My Friend is a book you read through tears and through laughter. It is a book that heals the heart as it helps you navigate through the myriad details that will confront you. It is a book about love, right through and then beyond the end of this life. Bea has made of her own loss a gift to all of us.
The Little Series: Working with the Dead
Gathered from the Writings of Rudolf Steiner by Helmut von Kügelgen
Translated with permission of the author's estate by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
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This is a beautiful book and a fitting companion to Volume 1 (Spiritual Insights) of WECAN's Little Series. Joan Almon's Preface to Working with the Dead really says it all:
Since the following passages were written, Helmut von Kügelgen crossed the threshold of death. On 25 February, 1998, at age 81, he experienced his birth into the spirit lands he loved so dearly. Less than a year before, at the Whitsun kindergarten conference, he spoke to us with passion ringing in his voice and said, "The spirit is not over there. It is here!" During those days he shared this realization with us several times. He spoke in the spirit of the Gospels which say, "Look not for the realm of the spirit outside yourselves, for it is among you." But he also spoke as if the veil which usually separates the spiritual world from the earthly had grown thin and translucent for him. The spiritual was now ever-present for him. Over the years we had watched his body grow frailer while his spirit grew stronger. he had prepared himself well for his journey into the spiritual world.
This booklet, along with the others he so lovingly compiled in the "Little Series," is being made available to the English speaking world both in memory of his service on the earth and in recognition of his continued activity in the spiritual worlds. The work such a soul performs on behalf of humanity does not come to an end with so-called death. It continues on, and we are privileged to work with him - and with the legions of others who are active on the other side of the threshold. We can be grateful that in this booklet Helmut von Kügelgen compiled such riches from the work of Rudolf Steiner to show us the way to work with those who have died to the earth but who are born into the spiritual.
Joan Almon Easter, 2000
I would like to add that Helmut von Kügelgen gathered these excerpts specifically with the work of the Waldorf teacher in mind. He included a personal letter to teachers, mothers, fathers and colleagues in the kindergarten by way of introducing the pedagogical intent of Working with the Dead.
The Influence of the Dead on Destiny
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Naturally, the dead do not know the physical, mineral world. Theirs is, above all, a world filled with feeling. For them, the lowest world is the ‘animal’ world—the world of feeling, of joy and pain, of interpenetrating relationships, sympathy and antipathy, and compassion. For this reason, the dead play directly into the animal world of Earth, which for earthly humans is mostly destructive. But purifying themselves of destructive animal impulses, the dead transform this world and learn, above all, reverence for life—for all life. They learn to hold every living thing sacred and holy.
—Christopher Bamford (from the introduction)
With a single observation, Rudolf Steiner can sometimes outline a radically new reality that changes everything. Here, he introduces these extraordinary lectures by proposing that the boundary between the physical and spiritual worlds “lies right in the middle of the human being.”
One indication of this boundary may be found in what science mistakenly differentiates as the sensory and motor nerves, which for Steiner, do not represent two kinds of nerve functions, but rather a gap, or interruption, through which soul, spiritual reality incarnates, and through which the spiritual world participates in the natural, physical world. This gap allows us to experience inwardly and take part in not only the outer world, but also in the spiritual world and the world of those who have died. It also functions as the boundary between the conscious and subconscious.
The lectures that loosely follow this introduction go into the vast field of the dead and the spiritual worlds and the many ways that these influence and become involved in human and earthly life. Steiner shows how the living and the dead (along with the whole spiritual world) are intimately interrelated. History itself is the result of this interweaving activity, whose influences “flow right into our daily lives.” Realizing “this feeling of being together with the dead” is essential for human development.
The reader’s understanding of the influence of those who have died on human destiny deepens with each lecture, as Steiner shows how this reality becomes existential—a matter of personal decision—through the Archangel Michael’s great action in 1979, when he assumed responsibility for the guidance of humankind.
Thus, together with Michael and the whole spiritual world, those who have died call upon us to change our consciousness.
The Influence of the Dead on Destiny is the first complete English translation from the German of Geistige Wesen und Ihre Wirkung Geschichtliche Notwendigkeit und Freiheit. Schicksalseinwirkungen aus der Welt der Toten. Band III (GA 179).
Crossing the Threshhold
Practical and Spiritual Guidance on Death and Dying
Nicholas Wijnberg and Philip Martyn
Based on the Work of Rudolf Steiner
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When faced with the prospect of death·our own or someone else·s·there is often little time to prepare. This book presents a wealth of practical and spiritual guidance on all aspects of death and dying. Writing from the perspective of Rudolf Steiner·s spiritual philosophy, the authors suggest ways of coping with the time leading up to death and also the period afterwards. They examine different circumstances of death and offer advice on practical questions such as the arrangement of funerals, laying out of the body, legal requirements and wills. They also suggest how those who remain on earth can continue to relate to the departed souls of the deceased.
A Rainbow Over the River
Experiences of life, death and other worlds
Veronika van Duin
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For many years Veronika van Duin has been able to see ·over the river· experiencing spiritual dimensions and worlds hidden to the physical eye. With clairvoyant vision she has perceived angels and demonic beings, people who have died, and even events taking place in other parts of the world. But in 2002, with the passing of her mother Barbara Lipsker, the author·s spiritual journeys became more concentrated and frequent, and she began to see people who had recently crossed the threshold of death, including the victims of an airplane disaster and a suicide bombing.
In A Rainbow Over the River, the author tells her remarkable story, from her earliest glimpses of the other side to her most recent excursions ·over the river.· In the second part of the book, she records an intensely moving diary of her mother·s passing, rich in love, care, and profound understanding of suffering. She describes how, despite the sadness of losing their mother, Veronika·s family see the death as a transition to a new existence and, ultimately, as a great festival of life. In the third section of the book she speaks of her mother·s life as a pioneer of Camphill, a social movement that provides home and work for people with special needs. She also offers thoughts on birth and death, grief, healing, prayer, and the meaning of existence.
A Rainbow Over the River is a glorious celebration of life, illumined through a knowledge of death and the eternal nature of spirit.
Veronika van Duin is also the author of Homemaking as a Social Art.
How to Continue Your Relationship with Those Who Have Died
Selected Talks and Meditations by Rudolf Steiner
Edited and Introduced by Christopher Bamford
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"Working with the dead" - maintaining, continuing, and enhancing our relationships with those who have died - was fundamental to Rudolf Steiner, as it is to every spiritual tradition. So, too, is the idea that human beings on both sides of the threshold constitute a single community. This book provides concrete, practical instructions for those who wish to engage consciously in the great work that the living and the so-called dead can do together.
Steiner speaks directly from experience, formulating meditation practices and verses that have worked for him. We learn of reading to the dead and of using verbs (not nouns) to communicate with them. We learn also about the importance of the sacred moments of falling asleep and awaking and of the way in which our memories are like "art" to them. Finally, we learn of the key soul moods to be cultivated: community with the world, gratitude, and confidence in the current of life. Gradually, we come to realize that the dead, and indeed the whole spiritual world, care deeply about every aspect of earthly life. We understand that the earth is the only place where death can be experienced, as well as the only place where we can love and form connections and relationships. We learn, too, how this love extends beyond the physical world and how the living and the dead can help each other.
I have personally used many of the practices discussed in this volume, always with richly rewarding results. I unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone seeking to connect to people across the threshold of death.
The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path
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What is the relationship between those who have died and those who are still alive? Can we help those who are now in the spiritual world? Can they help us?
In a realistic, practical way, Rudolf Steiner deals with the relationships people who live in the physical world can have with those who have crossed the thresholc and live in the spiritual world. The tone of these lectures, which give examples drawn from Steiner's personal experience, is unusually warm and moving.
Bridge Over the River
After Death Communications of a Young Artist Who Died in World War I
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This book contains amazing communications from a young musician named Sigwart to his sister after his death in 1915. At first, she experienced Sigwart's attempts to reach her as a kind of inner unrest. This eventually led to the feeling that her brother was trying to contact her. Gradually, as she lived with this feeling, she was able to achieve conscious contact with her brother. In this state, she received many remarkable messages, some of which are gathered here.
In the past decades, there have been many "communications" from the other side. What distinguishes the messages in this book is not only the inherent interest of what they have to say, but the fact that they were authenticated by Rudolf Steiner. Sigwart's sister has described her meeting with Rudolf Steiner: "For an hour and three quarters he scrutinized page after page. . . . Many times he nodded and exclaimed approvingly, 'Very well described! Well expressed! Characterized exactly. . . .' I waited in vain for the negation of any messages. But none came. As a parting word, Dr. Steiner said, 'Yes, these are exceptionally clear, absolutely authentic communications from the spiritual world. I see no reason for dissuading you from listening to them further.'
The Bridge over the River is a profound and inspiring document. Containing prayers, meditations, insights, advice, and a view of the world born aloft by love, it will comfort, enlighten, and speak to hearts of all persuasions.
A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma
Edited by René Querido and Robert McDermott
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The selected lectures in this volume are nothing less than a tour de force of Rudolf Steiner's articulation of the reality of reincarnation and karma in the modern world. If you only read one volume of Steiner on reincarnation and karma, we believe this is the volume you should select. There is no other place to gain such a comprehensive overview of what Rudolf Steiner saw when he looked into the reality of repeated lives and the balancing influences of destiny. As a bonus, René Querido wrote an excellent introduction which should help newcomers orient themselves to the concepts Steiner presents.
Reincarnation Beliefs of North American Indians
Soul Journeys, Metamorphoses and Near-Death Experiences
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I think that anyone who has studied anthroposophy or the great myths and religions of the world will be interested in reading this book. In it you'll find accounts and stories that echo, expand, diverge and replicate perspectives and experiences that will be, at their heart, familiar. Additionally, the text is replete with early black and white photos that offer us glimpses of daily North American native life, sacred costumes and designs, and much more. From my perspective, the photos alone tell a story of deep humanity; that the text is so thorough and well-considered is an exceptional bonus.
The stories and commentary presented here are well researched and drawn from anthropological records and other reliable sources of information. Learn about a Winnebago shaman’s initiation, the Cherokee’s Orpheus myth, the story of “A Journey to the Skeleton House” from the Hopi, the Inuit man who lived the lives of all animals, the Ghost Dance, and other extraordinary accounts.
“The elements and majestic forces in nature, Lightning, Wind, Water, Fire, and Frost, were regarded with awe as spiritual powers, but always secondary and intermediate in character. We believed that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature possesses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious of itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied Force, and as such an object of reverence.” —Ohiyesa
An Exercise for Karmic Insight
Originally published as part of Karmic Relationships, Vol. 2
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There is the possibility of a comparatively quick maturing of insight into karmic relationships if, for a considerable time, we try patiently and with inner energy to picture, with greater and greater consciousness, an experience that would otherwise simply take its course without being grasped properly and fade away in the course of life.
In this unique lecture, Steiner presents an exercise one can practice for a better understanding of karma. He suggests using the image of a single event in our life as content for meditation. He offers a detailed description and explains how, over several days and nights, the image becomes incorporated into our spiritual bodies. Eventually, the image, in a transformed state, reaches into the physical body, leading one to perceive a previous earthly life and the cause of the event pictured in meditation.
Manifestations of Karma
Eleven Lectures by Rudolf Steiner
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Manifestations of Karma is probably my favorite of Steiner's books about the nature of karma and reincarnation. I suspect that part of my attraction has to do with the fact that it was one of the first books by Steiner that I read on the subject, and the very newness of his approach left an indelible memory tinged with excitement. But there is a unique aspect of its content that I treasure - namely, it is here that Steiner lays out a picture of how one life lays the framework for the next, but that the next life does not appear (manifest) as a logical, linear, mechanical outcome of previous incarnations. No, the results of a previous life's activity and attitudes appears in the next life as a metamorphosed new creation. It will not look the same, it will not look like the lifestyle equivalent of Newtons Third Law. It is much more beautiful, and speaks with much more depth about the nature of morality and the moral direction of the Universe. And about growth and development - ours and the Earth's.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 1
These 8 volumes comprise a fascinating, deeply penetrating panoramic overview of the results of Rudolf Steiner's research into some of the more specific questions surrounding the nature of karma and reincarnation. It is in these lectures that Steiner uses many, many examples of historical personages and events - and the examples serve to reveal the power of destiny and the workings of grace.
In this first volume, Steiner gives an overview of the laws and conditions of karma, and goes on to consider the incarnations of Friedrich Nietzsche, Lord Bacon of Verulam, Lord Byron, Jean Paul and many others.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 2
In this second volume of the series, Rudolf Steiner Considers individual karmic relationships in history - for example Marx and Engels - as well as surveying karma in human life, the shaping of karma after death, and the 'cosmic form' of karma.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 3
This third volume of lectures covers:
- Intellectualism and the mood of soul which preceded it
- Forces of karmic preparation in the cosmos
- The connection between human life on earth and that which goes on in the cosmos
- The two groups to be distinguished in the Anthroposophical Movement (a very important lecture!)
- The common element in the soul-condition of the two groups in the first Christian centuries was a feeling, slight and delicate, between falling asleep and waking, of the spiritual working and weaving in nature
- High places of knowledge, relics of the ancient mysteries, present until 7th-8th centuries AD
- The manipulation of the intellect by the individual, personal man leads him to freedom of will
- The previous Michael dominion, its cosmopolitan stamp and its aim
- The Michael impulses are of a kind to enter deeply and intensely into the whole being of man including physical karma
- The karmic impulses impelling a man toward the spiritual are summed up in all the experiences of pre-earthly life
- The battle waged by the Schoolmen of the Dominican Order to uphold the personal immortality of the human being.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 4
In this fourth volume, Rudolf Steiner considers the karmic groups of souls connected to Aristotelianism and Platonism, the karma of the anthroposophical movement, as well as the individual incarnations of Ernst Haeckel, Vladimir Solovioff and others. This new edition includes Steiner's last address.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 5
The contents include:
- The fallacies of modern civilization and their consequences.
- The Moon Beings connection with man's past.
- Man's life in the physical body among the kingdoms of nature and after death among the Hierarchies of spiritual beings.
- The nature and constitution of man can be understood only through a spiritual understanding of the cosmos.
- Man in the life between death and rebirth.
- After death man passes first into the region of the Elements, then into the region of cosmic intelligence, then into the region of the stars.
- Mysteries of the Sun-existence: the province of the Exusiai, Dynamis and Kyriotetes.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 6
Volume 6 contains two lectures in which Steiner discusses the difference between the Sun and Moon as portals into life and into the spiritual worlds and takes a closer look at the lives of many historical people including Amos Comenius, Garibaldi, King Victor Emmanual, Woodrow Wilson and others. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, the last three lectures address the karma of the Anthroposophical Society from the points of view of Aristotelian and Platonic streams, the Michael School, and the School of Chartres and Scholasticism.
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 7
Karmic Relationships, Vol. 8
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This final volume of the series consists of lectures given in London and Torquay, England and discusses how the fruits of earlier lives carry into later lives, the Micahel Rulership, karmic connections in history, including Haroun al Raschid, Aristotle and Alexander the Great, and many others; the Arthurian and Parzivalian response to the descent of cosmic intelligence onto earth; the significance of the fading vision of karma in present times; difficulties investigating karma; and the growth and development of Christianity in connection with the Anthroposophical Movement.
Reincarnation in Modern Life
Towards a New Christian Awareness
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Reincarnation is usually considered to be an ancient, non-Christian doctrine originating in the East. Is it compatible with the teachings of Christianity?
In a lively and fluid style, Pietro Archiati describes the approach to reincarnation taken by the spiritual master Rudolf Steiner - an approach which is wholly relevant to Western consciousness and steeped in true Christianity.
By applying and developing Steiner's ideas, Archiati brings the concept of reincarnation to bear on many aspects of modern life, including such vexed issues as abortion and rape. he addresses the question of whether reincarnation appears in the New Testament, and explains how we can understand theological problems such as Christ's Resurrection and the resurrection of the body from this wider context.
Life Beyond Death
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In lectures to a variety of audiences throughout Europe between 1914 and 1918, Rudolf Steiner discusses the experience of the human soul and spirit beyond the threshold of death. Each audience was treated to a different topic and discussion, making this collection a rich source of both information and inspiration. Among the topics discussed are: Metamorphosis of Memory in the Life after Death; Our Experiences during the Night and the Life after Death; Karma after Death; The Moment of Death and the Peirod Thereafter; The Lively Interchange between the Living and the Dead - and much more. Thirteen lectures in all.
At Home in the Universe
Exploring Our Suprasensory Nature
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Modern science tells us that we are an insignificant accident in a vast, indifferent universe. Rudolf Steiner maintains instead that we are intimately enmeshed with the whole cosmos, right down to the physical structure of our bodies. In these talks, he explores our relationship as individuals to the spiritual cosmos, in which we will all come to live. The key to being at home in the universe is to understand thesignificance of our individual, physical lives on earth and what happens when we leave our physical bodies behind.
Steiner encapsulates his view of our journey after death and our return to earth and a new life. He describes the "planetary" spheres through which we each pass and their effects on our future. He shows us how our character and actions on earth affect us after we die and how those experiences shape our next physical life.
This is not merely information to be added to our already overabundant store of abstract concepts; Steiner gives us imaginative exercises that help us explore our suprasensory, or spiritual, human nature. We can begin now to act more consciously by recognizing the concrete nature of morality and the real consequences of our present lives.
The introduction and comprehensive afterword by Paul Margulies explain and contextualize Steiner's text, revealing a message that is more vital and relevant than ever in our frenzied, materialistic times. This book can help us experience more meaning in life and become more at home as spiritual citizens of the universe.
And the Wolves Howled
fragments of two lifetimes
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For as long as she can remember, Barbro Karlén has recalled a previous existence as Anne Frank, author of the famous diary. Now, prompted by a series of events that culminated in a struggle for survival, she tells her amazing story.
She takes us from her early fame as a best-selling child literary sensation in her native Sweden to her years as a policewoman and successful horse trainer. But this is no ordinary life history. As the victim of discrimination, personal vendettas, media assassination, libel, and attempted murder, Karlén is eventually shown the karmic background to these events.
Glimpsing fragments of her former life, she begins to understand how forces of destiny reach out from the past into the present, and she is finally free to be herself. This the story of a supernatural struggle for truth in the face of discrimination and lies.
Eight pages of illustrations.
Barbro Karlén was born in Sweden in 1954. Her first book, published when she was 12, became the bestselling poetry book of all time in Sweden. Over the next 5 years, 9 further volumes of her prose and poetry were published. She worked as a mounted policewoman for 18 years, and has trained and competed in dressage for over 30 years. She keeps a horse in Surrey, England, and visits regularly for training and competitions.
Seven Steps to Eternity
The True Story of One Man's Journey into the Afterlife
As Told to 'Psychic Surgeon' Stephen Turoff
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"I died in the Battle of the Somme." These astonishing words were addressed to clairvoyant and healer Stephen Turoff by the soul of James Legett, a young casualty of the First World War. For two years the author communicated with the soldier's soul and recorded his remarkable story about his battlefield death in France adn his subsequent journey into the afterlife. Their collaboration involved an unusual method: Legett presented spiritual pictures to Turoff, who interpreted them through clairvoyant perceptions into words. The result is an enlightening testimony to life beyond the illusion of death. It shows that we are all eternal - there is no death, only change.
Stephen Turoff, born in 1947, is among today's most respect healers. As a psychic surgeon, he receives dozens of patients each day at the Danbury Healing Clinic in Chelmsford. his work takes him to Israel and throughout Europe. He lives with his wife in England.
Light Beyond the Darkness
The Healing of a Suicide Across the Threshold of Death
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I was privileged to be one of the many people who helped Doré give birth to this incredible story. Doré is an amazingly strong person, someone really capable of entering into a new understanding of a very painful event, searching until she found something that would truly heal, and then doing, and doing, and doing until her love and commitment metamorphosed into a healing deed that transcended space and time. This is a story of courage, love, and determination that has not ceased to inspire me. I hope it adds as much to your life as it has to mine.
Where Are You?
Coming to Terms with the Death of My Child
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This is a moving, intimate, and deep account of a mother's experience after the sudden death of her 13-year-old daugher. Because of its intimacy and honesty, this little book can be of emense help to anyone who has lost a child or a dearly loved relative or friend. It often happens that when we are confronted by such decisive acts of destiny, there is no one in our circle of love who can comfort us from their own experience. And, it is only from the experience of someone who cares that we can receive comfort and guidance at such a time. Karin v. Schilling is such a caring person, and her thoughts and caring can reach out through this little book to anyone in need of hearing them.