Without detracting from the pain of this journey through mourning and renunciation, I would like to show how the last interval before death can also be the culmination of the shaping of a human being, even as it transforms everyone else involved. There is still time for many things to live themselves out, on a different plane, more interior and more subtle, the plane of human relations.

Marie de Hennezel, Intimate Death by Marie de Hennezel, Carol Brown Janeway, translator