Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We're Nearing Death by Lisa Smartt

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Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We're Nearing Death Read Online Free - “It’s very beautiful over there.”
— final words of inventor Thomas Edison

A person’s last words often take on an eerie significance, giving tantalizing clues about the ultimate fate of the human soul. Until now, however, no author has systematically studied end-of-life communication by using examples from ordinary people. When her father became terminally ill with cancer, author Lisa Smartt began transcribing his conversations and noticed that his personality underwent inexplicable changes. Smartt’s father, once a skeptical man with a secular worldview, developed a deeply spiritual outlook in his final days — a change reflected in his language. Baffled and intrigued, Smartt began to investigate the near-death utterances of others, collecting over a hundred case studies with interviews and transcripts. In Words at the Threshold, Smartt decodes the symbolism of those last words, showing how the language of the dying points the way to a transcendent world beyond our own.

Title : Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We're Nearing Death
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ISBN : 1608684601
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 225 pages


Sue rated it ★★★★★

April 02, 2017

Lisa did a beautiful job with this book and with telling the stories and experiences of so many - including a few of mine. Delving into the words of the dying with linguistic understanding and skills may also expand our communication with those with dementia and other types of cognitive impairmen...

Story Circle Book Reviews rated it ★★★★★

June 30, 2017

"As we bear witness to the language of the dying, we are invited to journey with our beloveds into new territory," Lisa Smartt writes in her fascinating, heart-opening book. As her father was dying and in informal studies following his death, Smart observed that there was a change in language that...

T rated it ★★★★★

May 31, 2017

Yes, it’s hard to believe a book written about final words uttered by those transitioning from this life could possibly be described as uplifting. I know that, but it is a most accurate description, for me. If you are skeptical at all, this research will hopefully provide you validation that ther...

Joseph rated it ★★★★☆

February 13, 2018

Books on spirituality and particularly the afterlife are one of my go-to subjects for books. However, this is the first I've seen on this subject. The subject is fascinating and the book well done. I look forward to more in this area.

Licking County Library rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2017

Recommended by Kristine, Main Library Adult Services Department, Four Stars, July 2017.

Tristy rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

Endorsements: “Words at the Threshold is a major breakthrough in the study of death and dying. Lisa Smartt’s fascinating research on final words may well open a window onto the afterlife.” —Raymond A. Moody Jr., MD, PhD, author of the bestselling Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon -...

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