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What Really Matters chronicles the life transformations experienced by Dr. Karen Wyatt and her patients and their family members during hospice care. This book of beautiful and uplifting stories about the lessons learned from the dying is also a guidebook for those who are feeling lost or hopeless about their lives in this contemporary world. What Really Matters reveals how the confusing maze of the suffering and pain at the time of death can lead to the ultimate destination of meaning, purpose, and growth for both the dying and the living. Read this book-it has the power to change the way you see everything about:. the meaning of suffering. recognizing life's priorities. letting go of limiting beliefs and past traumas. the true purpose of existence. the key to unlocking the flow of grace. transcending fear



What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

1. From Ken Wilber:

“What Really Matters really does matter: it is lessons for the living from those dying. Clearly and succinctly written, and with deeply profound insights, this is a highly recommended book for those in the land of the living, from those no longer with us. Don’t wait until then to get the message! Buy it now and benefit from its life-changing insights before it’s too late!”—Ken Wilber, The Integral Vision

2. From Bill Gladstone:

“A timely and important book that will help you live with greater joy”—William Gladstone, author The Twelve and The Golden Motorcycle Gang

3. From Larry Dossey, MD:

"In What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, Dr. Karen Wyatt addresses a long-standing taboo in our youth-obsessed, feel-good society: death and the process of dying. Since everyone dies -- the statistics are really quite compelling -- we ought to pay attention to death's significance and meaning in advance. How? It makes sense to consult the experts. This means listening to the dying, the true experts, which is what Dr. Wyatt has done. What Really Matters exemplifies the truth in the old Zen saying, 'If you die before you die, then when you die you will not die.' In other words, prepare. But if you find yourself resisting reading a book on these matters, hey, you're probably someone who needs these seven lessons the most. But so do we all, which is why this splendid book should be widely read."

~ Larry Dossey, MD
Author: Healing Words and The Power of Premonitions

4. From Fr. William Skudlarek

In the late Middle Ages, as the Black Death was decimating the populations of Europe, there appeared an illustrated manual called the Ars Moriendi, the “Art of Dying.” Its purpose was to offer solace and guidance to those whose death was imminent, as well as to the family members and friends who surrounded them in their last hour. Karen Wyatt proposes that the dying have something to offer the living: the wisdom that comes from the clear and conclusive awareness of what really matters. By her sensitive recounting of the end-of-life experiences of those she cared for and befriended in Hospice, and through her reflection on the truths that became clear to them and to her as death drew near, she has created a profoundly moving and insightful Ars Vivendi, a spiritual guide to the “Art of Living. Thanks for a really superb book.”
~Fr. William Skudlarek OSB
Secretary General, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue
Rome Italy

5. From Rev. Tammy Bell

“To those who are suffering, or struggling, or trying to make their everyday, ordinary way in the world more extraordinary through a conscious living of their days, Karen Wyatt has penned a poignant epistle. This is not a dark account of the dying. It is a daring look at what it means to be fully alive. With the care of a physician and the soul of a spiritual seeker, we are taken on a journey to our most authentic selves. Part field guide, part confession of faith, What Really Matters is at once a tender reflection on our shared humanity and an urgent call to action in each particular life. Listen deep and take these lessons into yourself wholly. You hold in your hands a legacy of lives with the power to transform your own.”

-Reverend Tammy D. Bell author of NOW! Life On Purpose

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