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“We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully,” Randy Pausch told students at Carnegie Mellon. The Last Lecture became an Internet sensation and best-selling book.

Pausch died early yesterday. The college professor, husband and father of three young children had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006 which was determined “incurable” in August 2007.
He did live fully and well.

If you or a loved one is facing death, here are some excerpts from my book, The Why Files that I hope are helpful:

Dealing with impending death

Dealing with grief and death