'All living things are structured for death. It is an intrinsic part of us.’
If the title suggests that this is a morbid book, I can assure you it’s not. We’re All Going To Die is a well-researched, cleverly written book about the inevitable in every living being’s life. This book will enrich your life, for it teaches you to embrace each day and live it as if it was your last; mindfully and with gratitude.
~The passages shared by Kaminsky about her own life and feelings are candid and brave. She’s not an observer. She is part of it all. ~
Dr Leah Kaminsky has taken four years to write this book. She has gone to great lengths to collect data and information through countless research methods, interviews, and personal experiences about dying from famous and not-so-famous people. She uses it all to inform and entertain, and teach people to except the word death as part of life.
Kaminsky is one of the many people that live in fear of death. She confesses death has been her greatest anxiety. Writing this book helped her accept the truth and become a more compassionate healer. She delves into the many fears associated with death - including suicide, ageing, Aged Care, and assisted dying-in an insightful and enlightened way.
I found this book inspirational. The passages shared by Kaminsky about her own life and feelings are candid and brave. She’s not an observer. She is part of it all.
Each story and experience has been perfectly positioned so that the whole book is interspersed with surprises that produce gasps of pleasure just when you think you’ve read the best part. The stories amuse, make you reflect, and count your blessings. Lots of extended reading is noted in detail for those interested in more.
So many things about death are hidden from us in dark places. Kaminsky moves them into the light. I applaud her courage and craftsmanship in creating such an entertaining and informative book about such a difficult subject.
‘Thinking about death and dying is an important part of finding a better way to live.’ Therefore, while the book reminds us how fragile and temporary life is, it simultaneously encourages us to live boldly, and accept the changes that life brings.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
Title: We’re all Going to Die
Author: Dr. Leah Kaminsky
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: June 2016 $27.99 RRP
Type: Non Fiction