Testimonials about Dying:  A Natural Passage and Denys Cope

“My father died, peacefully, with his family at his bedside, hand in hand.  With the blessing of Denys’ words our approach to his impending death was unbelievable.  We were prepared and attentive to his transitions, and therefore we were able to take notice of our own transitions.  I must thank Denys for the information. She helped us through the most difficult and confusing times human beings can endure–both the dying human, as well as the surviving humans. I don’t think we could have experienced it as calmly, or as fully, as we did, without the help. Dying:  A Natural Passage is a tremendously helpful little book, in its simplicity, straight-forwardness, and the basic information it contains.”

— Marguerite Holmes, MN, PhD, HMC

Dying: A Natural Passage is a valuable manual for people facing the imminent death of a loved one and should be required reading for anyone involved in the care of the dying.  Denys Cope helps dispel the fears and myths about dying and encourages an acceptance of this natural process. The book is written with deep sensitivity and wisdom, and an authenticity that comes from the author’s many years of intimate involvement with the dying process.

— Erica Elliott, MD

I truly feel that I have a better understanding of the dying process upon reading Dying:  A Natural Passage.  I wasn’t angry or fearful anymore and though we’re not giving up our hope we can now try to truly understand what her process might/will be.             — J.C.

Thank you for your book. It made all the difference in the world in understanding and helping with the two recent deaths in our family.      — G.F.

Denys Cope’s Dying: A Natural Passage is profound and moving. It allows us to understanding the deeper wisdom and compassion in dying and not to fear the process that will happen to all of us. She provides guidelines in how to nourish our soul and the soul of our loved ones in this sacred time.

—Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, author of Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leadership, Global Action, Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice, and Rituals of Healing

Denys Cope opens our eyes to the spiritual aspects and the wisdom inherent in the dying process. She offers us very practical steps in how to enhance the sacredness in dying. Her reassurance that healing can happen in the dying journey brings us hope and meaning.

—Larry Dossey, MD Author of THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALING POWER OF ORDINARY THINGS, Healing Beyond the Body, and New York Times bestseller Healing Words

Your  book is wonderful. It book has helped me a lot in working with our patients. It’s the kind of information really needed and I am so surprised that our hospice hasn’t given me the same education in such a simple, understandable form.

— Paul S, RN, BSN

I have been involved with hospices before because of the loss of two dear friends. Your book opened my eyes to the fact that my Mother shouldn’t have to do anything she doesn’t want to do at this stage of her life. — Fran U.

Thank God for people like you who, not only bring comfort, knowledge and a peace to patients and caregivers; you bring needed knowledge to the rest of us who are providing nursing care. How I wish I had read your book when I was providing terminal care to my stepfather and close friends.  I plan to share this book with my family, friends, my pastor, and especially other nurses who  are struggling to be a support and a comfort. Thank you again for  this wonderful book.

— Carol S. RN, BSN

I am both a Hospice volunteer and have a diagnosis of a fatal lung disease.  I found your book to be graphic and yet explained in a non-threatening way!                                                                                         — Mary Jane J.

What a beautiful book you have written! I wish I had known some of the symptoms when I spent the last few days with my Grandma before she died. It is so ironic that the pain we feel of loss we put on those who are dying when they are most at peace.            — Rebecca C.

I can’t tell how wonderful it is to have your book around the house as our long time pet Bobo the cat (17yrs), starting changing some of his patterns of behavior.  My husband and I put 2 and 2 together and realized Bobo was is the dying process. It was very reassuring to know the eating and drinking part of dying.  The book reassured us that we were not being neglectful.  — Bev B.

I found your book excellent and very helpful. Actually, going to see my dying mother was so much more powerful than I could have imagined, and it was reading your book that gave me another kind of perspective on the whole situation. Thank you.  — Stephanie R.

Your book helped me understand the dying process so that I wasn’t scared of what I was witnessing, was assured that she was at peace somehow, and I was able to be very calm and present with her. We all learned so much through this experience and I was even able to share some of your points with the nurses. So thank you for putting this information out there to help those of us who are going through this experience. It is an amazing gift.             — Louise G.

What a great contribution to all human beings. Your book is clear, concise, engaging, very informative, and excellently written.  I will highly recommend your book for anyone I meet that is processing issues of dying.  — William S.

Your book has been a huge comfort. — C. d’ A.

My mom, who is 74, said the book makes her feel better about dying. — C. H.

A small and powerful book about the process the body goes through to shut down–and it is a beautiful read–important for all to know about.  — J. F.

Very sound and practical advice. Thanks. — J. K.

As a hospice worker, your book is the best I have came across and definitely the most helpful. To me, it is a must have. I used it in the past as my own personal guide to see in what “stage” my patient was and now I use it to help the relatives to understand the stages of dying. Your book has a very clear and easy to understand, common sense language. — E. B-G.

As a Community Nurse I thank God for people like you who, not only bring comfort, knowledge, and a peace to patients and caregivers; you bring needed knowledge to the rest of us who provide nursing care. How I wish I had read your book when I was providing terminal care to my stepfather and close friends. The physiology of this process is something I am just beginning to appreciate and respect. — C. S.

I am both a Hospice volunteer and have a diagnosis of a fatal lung disease.  I found your book to be graphic and yet explained in a very non-threatening way!        — M. J. J.

What a beautiful book you have written! I wish I had known some of the symptoms when I spent the last few days with my Grandma. It is so ironic that the pain we feel of loss we put on those who are dying when they are most at peace. — R. M.

Your book helped me understand the dying process when my mother was dying, so that I wasn’t scared of what I was witnessing, was assured that she was at peace somehow, and I was able to be very calm and present with her. We all learned so much through this experience and I was even able to share some of your points with the nurses. So thank you for putting this information out there to help those of us who are going through this experience. It is an amazing gift. — L. G.

I read your book while visiting a dying friend. What a healthy and helpful book for both of us.  It is exactly what I needed to be more of a help to my friend. Thank you for writing it. — D. C.