The Final Dance is a true story of a hospice social worker’s intimate encounters with the dying. 

The Final Dance is the true story of a hospice social worker’s intimate encounters with the dying. You will experience firsthand what it is like to be there in the last days of a human being’s life, to see and feel the radiance of their being in their final moments. You will experience  the profound human wisdom of the dying, including such insights as:

Suffering is optional – you will meet Lucy, who changed
her death experience with a shift in her focus

Truth is within you – an insight that helped Chandra come
to terms with her son’s suicide at the end of her life

Safety is overrated – a discovery Madeline made after struggling
for a lifetime in a loveless marriage

In The Final Dance Cheryl reveals how the insights shared by her hospice patients and their grieving family members became guideposts that inspired her to change the way she lived, dramatically transforming her life. These encounters not only shifted the way she viewed and lived her life but convinced a self-confessed agnostic that there is life after death.

As you read The Final Dance you will be taken on a journey of self-discovery and reflection. Within these pages you will find:

Intimate stories of the dying
and their insights

Journaling questions to help incorporate
these lessons into your life

Visualizations and exercises for
healing and deeper exploration

The Final Dance is an invitation to honor your own life experience by applying these sacred lessons. As you do, you may find yourself navigating more easily through life, seeing more clearly what it is that will bring you more joy and fulfillment. The courage that you witness in these pages can inspire you to embrace life more fully.

About Cheryl Deines

Cheryl Deines was born in a small town in Nebraska. She attended the University of Nebraska, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She worked for the State of Nebraska for ten years with Child Protective Services. She later returned to school and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. During her graduate program she began an internship with hospice. Much to her surprise she fell in love with hospice work. She believes that being a caring companion to people during their dying days is exquisite, sacred, and privileged work. She has worked as a bereavement counselor and a medical social worker in hospice for seventeen years.

Cheryl’s intention is to live her life fully. “Settling for less” is not in her stars. She attributes her bold approach to life to the magnificent life lessons she has learned from her dying patients during her many years of hospice work.Cheryl’s singular goal in writing The Final Dance is to help people live their lives to the fullest. She believes that the direct application of the wisdom she gained in hospice can enhance the lives of her readers. Her hope is that it will help them “reverse-engineer” their lives so that their bucket lists will be all checked off by the time they get to the end of their lives, with no regrets in sight.  She continues to work as a hospice social worker.

She also facilitates creativity and empowerment groups and is a motivational speaker who shares the profound lessons she has learned from the dying to inspire others to live more courageously.