Living into Dying

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Living into Dying: A Journal of Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community

Few people are aware they have a choice to care for their loved ones at death and the care for the body at home afterward. Not only is it possible and legal but has often given deep fulfillment and closure for those who have done so. In addition, there are considerable financial savings.

This book, abundantly illustrated, gives each practical step in the process of care and also tells many heart warming stories of families and communities that have received blessings from the dying and, in return, have honored them with this final act of love. Written in a warm and accessible style, the book includes many spiritual insights into the process of dying and our connection to loved ones after they die.

About the Author

Nancy Jewel Poer is known across the United States, for her lively lectures on Waldorf education, parenting, child development, the spiritual feminine, the mission of the spiritual America, and threshold work. She is considered a grandmother of the national home death movement and has helped in the founding of threshold groups across the United States.  She has written a book considered a classic in the home death movement, Living Into Dying, Spiritual and Practical Deathcare for Family and Community”, which has empowered people throughout the country to care for their loved ones at death.

Nancy has served as consumer advocate on the CARE committee for creating end of life policy for the state of California. She is the producer of an award winning, full length documentary on conscious dying, “The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman” and she appears in the PBS documentary “A Family Undertaking”.  An artist as well as a writer, she has published “A Child’s First Book”,  “Mia’s Apple Tree”,  and in 2011 The Tear, A Children’s Story of Hope and Transformation When a Loved One Dies” as well as art prints and cards for children and adults. She is also the co-founder of Rudolf Steiner College, and taught there for forty years. Her courses have included the Spiritual Mission of America.  She was co-editor of special America edition for Lillipoh magazine and lectured in the national conference on The Inner America, 2009. She has taught children at all grade levels, K-12, and began three Waldorf kindergartens, the last as the founding teacher for the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Placerville, California where she presently lives.

Additional information

Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 5.8 × 0.7 × 8.4 in




January 2002






White Feather Publishing


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