Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (2006)
By William E. Hablitzel, MD
Sunshine Ridge Publishing
This book is a rare gift that reminds us of our divine grace on the path of life. A gem of heartwarming wisdom about the beauty and courage of the human spirit, you will want to share this book with your friends and enemies alike. Taboos around death in the Western world might make us want to shy away from any book title with the word “dying” in it: be assured that this book is about life and living fully, even—and especially—in the face of the inevitable.
Sooner or later, each person in the book realizes that the healing in dying, or in life circumstances in which we metaphorically die, comes from one life-affirming choice: to fully embrace each moment that life offers. We are touched by these people’s fragility and their strength, for we’re not simply reading stories, we are being included in intimate and life-changing moments. That some of the people in these stories are dying (and eventually pass) from their condition is not a failure for physician or patient; it is, for both, their greatest inspiration for living.
Dying was the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me baptizes readers in a well of profound heart wisdom that is deeper than any one person or single act. Each story spills like a waterfall into our own heart of wholeness, reminding us that we too are here now because we have said yes to life.
Please join me tomorrow for the final book in this series.