All of us die, and most of us are called upon to support loved ones or friends in dying or in grieving a death. We wonder about the nature of this universal phenomenon. Is dying only an uninvited tragedy or can it also be seen as a sacred passage? Can one's end of life journey be a time of completion and even growth? Light on Death views life as a pilgrimage culminating in the Great Transition at death. Drawing on Eastern insights from the ancient sages of India as well as modern hospice experiences, the author explores a spiritual art of dying in which death is the last and most powerful rite of passage.
Phillip Jones developed his Four Stages of Life Model while helping people of all ages successfully navigate the rite of passage from birth to death. Drawing from ancient Vedic culture and based on India's venerable Varnasrama system, this model can help anyone balance the conflicting tasks of each stage of life. Jones reveals specific ways to live a spiritual and psychologically sound life in a materialistic culture, and explains, with sensitivity and insight, how to attain peace during life's final transition.