Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Book Pushing Boundaries on Death and Dying

Windsor, ON: It’s a reality we all must face at one point or another: we will all die. Most people tend to think of this inevitability as something that we should all be fearful of. But a new book by palliative expert and physician, Gordon Giddings, is challenging readers to shift their orientation away from fearfulness and towards adopting an attitude that will allow us to embrace the concept of dying with dignity.

Venturing into the field of Palliative Medicine is something Dr. Giddings took seriously. So he opted to undertake an intense journey at the Upaya Buddhist Monastery, renowned throughout the medical community for its innovative and immersive program. Giddings detailed his experiences in the new book, Dying in the Land of Enchantment, and offers readers insight into a process that few people have had the opportunity to experience.

“I wanted to take part in the program because palliative medicine can take a toll on you; it’s just as important for practitioners to have as good an understanding about what it means to die, as it is for those actually experiencing it,” says Giddings.

The result is a book that is both poetic and informative. And its appeal is broad—deliberately so, as Giddings explains: “We tend to think of death as something that only medical professionals are dealing with in a hospital setting. But the reality is that most of us will find ourselves in a situation where a better understanding of end of life issues will be invaluable—medically, emotionally, and spiritually.” 

Dying in the Land of Enchantment is being launched on April 4th at The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County (6058 Empress Street, Windsor Ontario), from 6-8pm. It is published by Lost Borders Press and is available at:

Electronic media copies are available for review


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