What is Death?

Dath is a phenomenon that no one has ever experienced first-hand. Yet no subject has been pondered, written about, researched, portrayed, feared, embraced, denied are argued over more. The question “What is Death?” can be pondered on so many levels: emotional, physical, spiritual, medical, metaphysical. Where do we go when we “cross over”? How does the soul move on? What happens in the last breath of life that takes us into death? Do our loved ones greet us on the other side? In preparing this book, I interviewed hospice workers around the country who have pondered death’s significance and value.

Art by

Deborah Lieberman Fine


Deborah Lieberman Fine is a classically trained artist (Carnegie Mellon) with proficiency in multiple disciplines: figurative, abstract and portraiture. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, received accolades in juried shows and hangs in private collections throughout the U.S. Her studio is in Haverford, PA where she paints and studies with some of the leading artists and teachers in the Philadelphia area.

Author, Lexie Potamkin


O God, may I find deep solitude and gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers and sisters. For I know, O Lord, that the more solitary I am, the more affection I have for them. May solitude and silence teach me to love others for what they are, not for what they say. Give me your spirit to learn wisdom through humility, knowledge by letting go, how to speak by silence and how to live by dying.

As quoted by Thomas Merton and Johannes Tauler, adapted