Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan
Authors and Activists
What Readers Are Saying

"Diane’s story is a living example of an elegant spiritual life." 
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., author of Life Beyond 100 and Soul Medicine

"A compelling and intimate story of a woman and her family’s journey with cancer and beyond. . . . It is raw, poignant, funny, and provocative but above all, inspirational and instructional."  
Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing, U of Minnesota

"A great life is never extinguished, because compassion, love, and wisdom are eternal. That is why we believe Diane Manahan’s life and light will continue to shine through the ages."   
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Beyond the Body, and Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., R.N., author of Holistic Nursing

"The most profound book on death I’ve ever read."  
Vicki Landes, Reader Views/USA Today

"Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully not only is a tribute to a fabulous woman. It also holds her journey with illness and beyond as something we could all model. . . . The accounts of Diane's presence appearing after her death feel so natural, they will be validating to those who have experienced such things. They also hold out hope for those who might not have known about that possibility in their own loved ones' passing."
Penny George, PsyD, Co-founder, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

"Diane teaches us how to live and how to made death an event to be shared by those we love." 
Lee Lipsenthal, M.D., Past President American Board of Holistic Medicine

"I highly recommend it to those who care for people with cancer, as well as patients, friends, and families."  
Victor S. Sierpina, M.D.. University of Texas Medical School 

I have never seen anything like this book! Diane’s perceptions are wonderfully original and illuminating. Her desire to live in harmony with cancer is so different from usual attitudes. Her story is unique.”
Margaret Cruikshank, Ph.D., University of Maine, author of Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging

“It was a privilege and a joy to read Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully. Thank you for sharing yours and Diane’s beautiful, touching and enlightening labor of love with me, and with the world. I hear Diane singing.”

James S. Gordon, M.D., Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington D.C.
Author of Manifesto for a New Medicine

"One of the finest books I have ever read! It's impossible to read it and not be moved, feel more human, open your heart, and feel connected to Life."
Krysta Kavenaugh, editor-in-chief, Marriage magazine

My wife taught me more about living consciously and dying gracefully than I had learned in all my years as a physician. She showed me what a good death looks like and what a sacred experience it can be for everyone involved."  
Bill Manahan, M.D., Asst. Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Medical School, author of Eat for Health, past president American Holistic Medical Association

"All of us face the death of a loved one and eventually our own death. Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully is a wonderful lesson for us all in facing that time with honor, dignity and beauty. Diane Manahan teaches us how to live and how to make death an event to be shared by those we love."

Lee Lipsenthal, M.D.
ABHM President, The American Board of Holistic Medicine
Founder, Finding Balance in a Medical Life

"Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully not only is a tribute to a fabulous woman. It also holds her journey with illness and beyond as something we could all model. The description of what transpired is moving, and the resources listed later can help others replicate what she organized. The accounts of Diane's presence appearing after her death feel so natural, they will be validating to those who have experienced such things. They also hold out hope for those who might not have known about that possibility in their own loved ones' passing. The openness of the people who walked with Diane on this path, the humor she brought to it, her magnificent spirit and strength of character—all are there."

Penny George, PsyD
Co-founder, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
Co-founder and past president, Bravewell Collaborative for Integrative Medicine

“It was a privilege and a joy to read Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully. Thank you for sharing yours and Diane’s beautiful, touching and enlightening labor of love with me, and with the world. I hear Diane singing. I see all of us crying and laughing and holding one another.”

James S. Gordon, M.D.
Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington D.C.
Author of Manifesto for a New Medicine

"Sharing the wisdom from a terminally ill nurse educator’s own journals, this book enables Diane Manahan to convey her final, greatest lesson: how to live fully until—and beyond—death. Her inspiring story elicits goose bumps, laughter, and tears. It is a priceless template for patients, caregivers and loved ones who seek a holistic, sacred approach to a serious illness or to end-of-life care."

Mary Treacy O’Keefe, M.A.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Well Within
Author of Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells


"A great life is never extinguished, because compassion, love, and wisdom are eternal. That is why we believe Diane Manahan's life and light will continue to shine through the ages."

Larry Dossey, M.D.
Executive Editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Barbara Dossey, Ph.D., R.N.
Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants
Author of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice

"Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully is a tribute to an enchanting and gifted woman as well as a vehicle for educating others about how to die "with grace." Diane's writings and intimate moments give mystical exuberance to one of life's dreaded curve balls."

Jane Coleman, R.N., M.S.
Associate Professor of Nursing, Gustavus Aldolphus College
Co-founder, Healing Hands Wellness Group

"Diane’s story is a living example of an elegant spiritual life."

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., President Holos University Graduate Seminary
Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association
Author of Life Beyond 100: Secrets of the Fountain of Youth and Soul Medicine

“I have never seen anything like this book! Diane’s perceptions are wonderfully original and illuminating. Her desire to live in harmony with cancer is so different from usual attitudes. Her story is unique and deserves a wide audience.”

Margaret Cruikshank, Ph.D.
University of Maine Author of Fierce with Reality: An Anthology of Literature on Aging

“I wish I'd known what is in your book when my best friend was dying of acute leukemia.”

Deborah Woodworth, writer, St. Paul, MN
Author of the Sister Rose Shaker mystery series

"The section 'If You are Going Through Treatment’ is very good and all of the guidebook is powerful. It should be in every oncology clinic and chemo waiting room in the world. Many will love Becky’s account of the portal, and I personally love your daring to include that controversial part of your experience. The cremation chapter is one of the best things in this book, never before talked about as part of the journey.”

Patricia Anderson, R.N., M.S., C.N.S.
Between the Bridges Healing Center, Mankato, MN

“The book is wonderful—thought-provoking, heart-rending, educational, spiritual, and uplifting."

Nancy Rolfsrud, Psychologist, Mankato, MN

"I will recommend this book to clients who are facing their own serious illness or death, and to the many clients who want to be truly present for friends and family members as they prepare to die. The depth of Diane's sharing not only provides a much-needed role model, but also removes the fear of the unknown and the awkwardness of not knowing what to say or how to be helpful. This book is gripping and informative, well-written and easy to read.”

Ruth Baetz, MSW, Psychotherapist, Therapy for Women, Seattle
Author of Wild Communion: Experiencing Peace in Nature

"I have been deeply touched by this book. You have done an incredible (and virtually flawless) job of conveying the strength and beauty of Diane, her family and friends, and the dignity of her death."

Michele B. Bassett, Ph.D., St. Paul, MN

"This is a beautiful saga of a courageous woman's journey through and beyond the end of her life and the saga also of her family and friends as they supported her on that path.  It is told with such authentic sacredness about who she was and how she, her family and friends engaged with the end of her time here on Earth.  What a gift to the world in role modeling and sharing so openly about such a personal and yet universal reality!"
 
Karen Greer, MEd., Life/Work Transitions Coach, Minneapolis

I stayed up late a couple of nights to devour your wonderful book! What a skilled blending of love, compassion, and purpose with invaluable practical information and resources. You have so beautifully told the story of a remarkable woman and the equally remarkable circle of friends who surrounded her. I have already recommended your book to friends and will continue to do so. I will also give it to our two adult children to read so that they can better understand their parents' philosophy about our wishes for the end of life journey. Thank you for writing "Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully!"

Mary Linda Sather, Author of the children’s book Boo Boo Bear's Mission