“Here is the most hope-giving aspect of death,” wrote Catholic priest and professor Henri Nouwen, that “...the fruitfulness of our lives shows itself in its fullness only after we have died.” In this memoir of his wife Wil’s inexorable progression toward death over nine months in 2014, Steve Downs describes how Wil’s life, and their life together, came to fruition as she died. Her death became a spiritual journey for them, as well as for their family and community, an opportunity to draw closer together and to ask the questions we will all one day ask ourselves: What will happen as I die? How can I make my death—and by extension, my life—a legacy of hope and faith for others?
All proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit St. John’s/St. Ann’s Outreach Center in Albany, New York.