The Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live
Publish Date: 2006-10-16
Author: Scott Eberle
This book from Lost Borders Press is the story of two worlds meeting, told on both a personal and an historical scale. The personal account recalls the final crossing of Steven Foster - one of the pioneers of modern-day wilderness rites of passage - from the perspective of the hospice physician who helped ferry him across. Interspersed with Steven and Scott's story is a more sweeping historical view of how the rites of passage movement and the hospice movement have converged. This is an extraordinarily wise and compassionate book written by a physician of the body and the heart. In this beautifully written account of the death of his beloved teacher and friend we can discover the great mystery of meeting death as a teacher and friend. This book is for all of us. Its depths plumb ours, its wisdom opens ours, and the compassion of its author reminds us that this quality resides in all of us. - Joan Halifax Roshi, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, founder of the Project on Being with Dying, and author of The Fruitful Darkness.