We live in a culture segregated from death and dying. This separation takes an unfortunate spiritual toll. I wrote this book because I had to. It was an essential part of my recovery from surgery. In it I have the honor to share with you deep personal fears and how I used my spiritual practice to cope with my very close brush with death. This life threatening illness opened my world to priceless understandings that I hope will inspire you and provide a bridge of understanding how to turn tragedy into insights and wisdom.