Nonfiction Book Award Status: SILVER
“Dr. Bill, can you teach me how to die?”
What is it about this stage in life that calls us to seek instruction? Can anyone teach someone how to die?
In A New Way to Hope, Dr. Stephenson suggests that death is not our greatest fear. In this COVID crisis, it is dying that is our greatest fear.
“Will I suffer?” “Will I have to die alone?” “Who can I depend on?”
It is in this final stage of living that Dr. Stephenson was privileged to witness and assist hundreds of
children, youth, and adults. This book is a testimony of those who, knowing they would soon die, chose to be open to seeking a new way to hope. A hope that would help them to embrace the mystery of living with purpose and meaning until they died.
“No, Sam, I can’t teach you how to die. But together, we can discover a hope that you can hang onto that will give you a richer life until you die.”
For more than 25 years, Dr. William R. Stephenson, PhD, provided counseling for persons with a terminal illness or end of life diagnosis. This also included counseling to the family and community-related systems the client had been attached to. He has written three other books related to grief and recovery: The Gift to Self, Conversations, and Sunrises and Sunsets. He and his wife, Carol, live in San Diego. Now retired, he continues to teach and speak on behalf of those who struggle with this drama of dying, especially in this COVID age.