This is truly a remarkable book. I *highly* recommend it to anyone who is interested in comparative wisdom and spiritual systems.

Singh, a psychologist who has worked in hospice centers for (20+?) years, does a remarkable job of arguing that "the nearing-death experience" is an incredible opportunity. It is the one time when most people have the chance to transcend their own personal awareness, and enter a state of grace, until then only experienced by those engaged in the most rigorous of contemplative practices (such as monks, nuns, yogis, sufis, etc.). This is because the individual who is nearing death must come to terms with the fiction of her/his own personhood, and in doing so, come out on the other side, and embrace what Singh argues is at the core of all wisdom traditions: "a unity consciousness and The Ground of Being." In this way, she exposes that what we think of as death is actually the death of the ego. In a culture that is completely invested in the absolute dominion of the ego, this is, obviously terrifying.

A must-read for anyone engaged in contemplative practice (meditation, yoga, prayer, Tai Chi, etc.), or anyone considering pursuing one. I know it would also be comforting to anyone who is grappling with death of someone close to them, or even their own mortality.