Fans of Heartwood: The Art of Living With the End in Mind include Gloria Steinem and Katie Couric. The author of this memoir joins us today to discuss living fully with fully knowledge that this life will end –– for our loved ones, and for us. Barbara weaves fascinating tales into this interview. Among them: finding a photo in her father’s wallet of his deceased first wife, an unseen family member whose presence helped shaped her childhood. Becker, an Interfaith minister, shares how her studies of Buddhism, indigenous traditions, and other wisdom teachings, as well as her work with hospice patients, has helped her develop a positive attitude towards death that makes life all the more precious.
About our Guest
Barbara Becker has dedicated more than twenty-five years to partnering with human-rights advocates around the world in pursuit of peace and interreligious understanding. She has worked with the United Nations, Human Rights First, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, and has participated in a delegation of Zen Peacemakers and Lakota elders in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She is an ordained interfaith minister who bridges the sacred and the secular, and has sat with hundreds of people at the end of their lives.