In his powerful book, A Year to Live: How to Live this Year as If It Were Your Last, Stephen Levine asks us to investigate the inevitability of death as a way to live life with more awareness, vibrancy, and love. This book guides the reader through heartfelt strategies and practices for this deep contemplation.


Fierce Grace is a documentary that chronicles the life of spiritual teacher Ram Dass after his 1997 stroke. It is a portrait of the strength and beauty one can bring to the challenges of illness and ultimately death.


Cindy Sherman is widely known for her stylized self–portraits which is why I was surprised when I first saw her “Disaster” series (1986–92). The photographs are graphic and gruesome scenes interpreted as her reaction to the AIDS epidemic that devastated the NYC arts community. Chromogenic death contemplation.

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