Rod Dreher is one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve read his daily posts for several years now and this post is the most profound post he has ever written.

He describes a three hour conversation he had with his sister, who was recently diagnosed with stage four non-smoker’s lung cancer at age 40.

This conversation happened a couple of days before she was to begin treatment – treatment that will debilitate her and from which she will possibly never fully recover.

His story of their conversation is a moving one. It reminds me of what Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen says about death:

Dying people have the power to heal the rest of us in unusual ways.


Death is the great teacher and also the great healer. Death may be the final and most integrating of our life’s experiences.

Do read the whole thing. It’s always a privilege when someone shares profound and deeply personal stories like these –  stories that seem to only happen when standing on the very edge of life.


Filed under: Kitchen Table Wisdom (the book)Stories/Storytelling


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