Loving the Screams

“People have so many ideas about how to die. Often people who think they are spiritual have the most difficult time dying because they keep bypassing their very human experiences for spiritual reassurances. In hospice care, we call this dysfunctional theology. A person uses their practice to take them away from their humanness. They falsely believe that to be spiritual means they will die with love in their hearts or some other misconception. They can’t tolerate what they really feel because it doesn’t conform to their ideas about practicing all these years. It is sad, because practice is and has always been about being fully human. This means both screaming and loving, and loving the screams.”

  • Rodney Smith May All Beings Practice Dying 1998

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