The Death Series

Death Series (image of death outline and tree man)

“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into
absolute and passionate presence with all that is here,
that is natural, that is love.” Rainer Maria Rilke

By Cat Saunders

The original 13-part “Death Series” was first published by The New Times in 1998-99. Seven of the articles and interviews from the series are reprinted at the links below:

Death as an Adviser: Working with Your Own Death

Growing Wings: Steve Hall, M.D., on Life, Death, and Healing

My Dream: A World That Honors Death as Much as Life

Requiem for My Sister: The Many Faces of Death

The Remarkable Value of Dying Well:
Dr. Ira Byock and the Missoula Demonstration Project

Tell Me About Your First Time: Early Remembrances of Death

Violence, Pacifism, and War: A Tribute to My Father and All Veterans


More Articles on Death and Dying

Back from the Brink of Death

Dragonfly Resurrection:
Believe and Listen to the Still Small Voice Within

Four Things Matter Most:
Don’t Wait Till Death Approaches to Use These Words

Getting Ready for Goodbye:
Making Death a Conscious Transition

Honor Their Wishes:
Dying People–Like All People–Need Respect and Support

Music, My Joy and Savior:
Neither a Mother Nor Death Can Destroy the Power of Music

My Father’s Last Dance:
Amidst Pain and Suffering, the Grace of Love Prevails

Suicide, Interrupted: Jake’s Story

A Warrior Dog’s Last Dance

A Wild Woman Dies Well:
Sally Giovine-Kerr: My “Mother-in-Spirit” Shows the Way



Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).