The only incontrovertible fact of my work is the importance of life.
Death is not painful. It is the most beautiful experience you will have.
I’m going to dance in all the galaxies.
For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death.
My work with AIDS patients started right at the beginning of the epidemic, totally unplanned and spontaneous, as all my work had proceeded in the previous two decades, if it were not already my whole life-style! In the early eighties, we knew very little about this peculiar disease.
I was destined to work with dying patients. I had no choice when I encountered my first AIDS patient. I felt called to travel some 250,000 miles each year to hold workshops that helped people cope with the most painful aspects of life, death and the transition between the two.
Medicine has changed greatly in the last decades. Widespread vaccinations have practically eradicated many illnesses, at least in western Europe and the United States. The use of chemotherapy, especially the antibiotics, has contributed to an ever decreasing number of fatalities in infectious diseases.
For years, I have been stalked by a bad reputation. Actually, I have been pursued by people who have regarded me as the ‘Death and Dying’ Lady. They believe that having spent more than three decades in research into death and life after death qualifies me as an expert on the subject. I think they miss the point.
When we grow older and begin to realize that our omnipotence is really not so omnipotent, that our strongest wishes are not powerful enough to make the impossible possible, the fear that we have contributed to the death of a loved one diminishes – and with it, the guilt.
Those who learned to know death, rather than to fear and fight it, become our teachers about life.
The truth does not need to be defended.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no death the way we understood it. The body dies, but not the soul.
I always say that death can be one of the greatest experiences ever. If you live each day of your life right, then you have nothing to fear.
I only believe in what I see and hear with my own eyes and ears.
Any natural, normal human being, when faced with any kind of loss, will go from shock all the way through acceptance.