The best books on ageing wisdom, loss, and spiritual rebirthing

Lucille Ann Meltz Author Of The Elder Widow's Walk: A Personal Inner Journey and Guide for Bereaved Widows 65 and Beyond
By Lucille Ann Meltz

The Books I Picked & Why

Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death & Dying Teach Us about the Mysteries of Life & Living

By Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, David Kessler

Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death & Dying Teach Us about the Mysteries of Life & Living

Why this book?

I savor books that bring the spiritual into everyday life. This mastery description of fourteen Life Lessons gained through facing the realities of death and dying will touch your heart and revitalize your courage. Universal wisdom, all-encompassing love, and the unraveling of the mysteries of life are all here in these true, relatable life stories.


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Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty

By Jean Shinoda Bolen

Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over Fifty

Why this book?

What does it mean to become “a juicy crone”? Expanded mystical, intellectual, intuitive, and meditative wisdom as well as healing laughter, outrage, and compassion are all available to the elder woman in the goddess archetypes present in her psyche. I love the comprehensive and empowering recognition of the beautiful, priceless inner gifts possible in a woman's rebirthing after the age of 50.


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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

By Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

Why this book?

This transformational wisdom guide by a Toltec shaman teaches that all your beliefs, perceptions, and judgments are based on old agreements made with yourself, others, and your God. These agreements can dissipate your energy and keep you from your joy. Living the new Four Agreements returns to you all the power you lost in the drama, suffering, and pain of your old agreements. I consider this book a spiritual primer, the one I most recommend to my clients, and frequently re-read myself for its gems on how to live “the dream of heaven on earth.”


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Never Say Goodbye: A Medium's Stories of Connecting with Your Loved Ones

By Patrick Matthews

Never Say Goodbye: A Medium's Stories of Connecting with Your Loved Ones

Why this book?

I have had many “visitations” from passed-on loved ones, including cherished pets, so am always interested in a professional's take on connecting with those on the other side. This detailed guide by a nationally recognized medium covers effective strategies and fascinating stories of relating across the divide. It is also a well-explained basic orientation to the concept of meditation and an intriguing portrait of what the afterlife may be like for us all.


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Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying

By Ram Dass

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying

Why this book?

An icon of the 60's spiritual revolution, Ram Dass, 30 plus years later, reveals the wisdom of his elder years following his stroke as he faced radical self-birthing. With sharp insight, humor, and humility he shares his fears of living and dying and the spiritual beliefs that sustain him. His chapter on “Learning to Die” is exceptionally poignant as he addresses three major questions: How do I deal with the process of dying, what happens at the moment of death and what will happen after death? As an elder woman myself, I treasure this as a truly comforting beacon for elders and for anyone who knows and loves them.


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