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How to Survive Life (and Death)
A Guide to Happiness in This World and Beyond
Robert Kopecky
ISBN: 9781573246361
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
224 pages
Ornamental line drawings
April 1, 2014


“This unabashedly positive book may not leave all readers confident that they can master the afterlife, but it will surely cause many to reconsider their fear of death and dying. And that may be mastery enough.” –Barry Silverstein, Foreword Reviews

"Articulate, profound, and accessible guide to what it means to live a good life and experience a good death." -History Book Club

When you nearly die three times, you learn a thing or two about how to live...

An Emmy-nominated art director for television, Robert Kopecky never dreamed he'd end up writing a book about how to survive life and death. But what else could he do? Over the years, Kopecky had not one but three near-death experiences. He discovered exactly what lives on the other side of our fears about dying--and living. And he had some stories he knew we'd want to hear. Even some very funny ones.

Read this book and you'll find yourself uncoiling, relaxing your shoulders, taking deeper breaths. You may even feel like you're floating as you begin to shed the weight of a lifetime of social and existential anxiety. You'll discover what Kopecky believes are the three keys to living more life:

  • Radical Kindness
  • Radical Forgiveness
  • Radical Surrender.

And you'll find the calm determination to live your life accordingly.

Robert Kopecky is an Emmy nominated art director. He designed the credits for Showtimes's Weeds, art directed WordWorld for PBS Kids, and has illustrated for The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and many more. He contributes to,, TheMindfulWord, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Sue Pike, the Animal Talker.
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