Roberts, M.K. / Published 2010 / Article
Citation: Roberts, M.K. (2010). An accomplice’s tale. In K. E. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol.9 (pp. 161-190). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: Sensitivity to a range of end of life patterns, as well as a range of afterlife patterns, is seen as essential for appreciating what is happening with a particular person who is dying. The question of what we have to fall back on as we lose our attachment to the real world is addressed. Ordinary mysteries—such as the dreamlike state that the dying may enter, the special abilities that they may have, and the special companions that are visible only to them—are explained. The problem of understanding a person’s death is discussed, and a set of reminders is offered for being with a dying person in an I-Thou way.