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The four things that matter most : a book about living


Ira Byock

Call Number

  • 158.2 B994 (CEN)

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Publication Information

New York : Free Press, c2004.

Physical Description

viii, 227 p. ; 23 cm.


Includes index.


  • Saying the four things
  • The Healing power of words
  • Completing relationships
  • Transformations
  • Loved ones live on inside us
  • Resolving a legacy of pain
  • The Emotional economics of forgiveness
  • Extreme acts of forgiveness
  • Forgiving yourself
  • Living with uncertainty and illness
  • Practicing gratitude
  • The Unexpected grace of reconnection
  • The Family dynamics of gratitude
  • Creative ways of saying the four things
  • Loving the body
  • Living every day as if it were your first-or last
  • Lives intertwined with love
  • Nothing left unsaid
  • The Mysterious magic of some good-byes
  • Good-byes that are gifts through time
  • Good-byes that celebrate life
  • Afterword: Reflections before good-bye.

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