Book Launch: Lasting Words

28 Mar 2014

On a wintry evening at the end of March, we had a standing room only crowd at Brookline Booksmith to help us launch LASTING WORDS:  A Guide To Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life.  It is one of the great independent booksellers. We were grateful for the enthusiastic turnout and sold 110 books!

The author is Claire Willis – social worker, yoga teacher, Buddhist chaplain – who has led bereavement and writing groups for people with cancer and other illnesses for more than 20 years.

LASTING WORDS is an invitation.  It invites us to use our bodies – to open ourselves through meditation.  It invites us to listen – to open our ears to poetry.  It invites us to open to the beauty around us. It invites us to courage.

LASTING WORDS is, I think, a part of the beginning of an important shift -- a generational shift – to not only tolerating, but embracing, important conversations about living and dying. It’s really something we have to do – and something that could help transform the closing chapter of our lives.

I find LASTING WORDS to be profoundly optimistic. And hope that 10 or 20 years from now, these conversations will be commonplace and flower.  

Now that the book is launched, we are getting a crash course in using social media to spread the word. For more information, check out