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Daniela Muggia

Daniela Muggia is an Italian thanatologist co-author of The Impact of Empathy—A New Approach to Working with ADHD Children and the winner of the prestigious Terzani Award for the Medical Humanities. For almost 30 years she studied the Tibetan tradition of death and dying with Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the groundbreaking Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. She also trained with Cesare Boni at Naples University, Italy. After more than 20 years of working with the terminally ill, she has developed the ECEL method, Empathic Care at the End of Life; one of the most popular courses taught in hospitals, hospices and for Masters degree programs at universities in Italy and other countries.


Is there a Universal Key to Caring for the Dying, Whatever Culture they Belong to?

As a thanatologist, I have been questioning myself for a long time on this point. The economic crisis, the wars and the planetary climate issues are most likely eliciting one of the biggest massive relocations of human beings in our history.

Now, death does not care whether you have your green card, whether you are unfamiliar with the language and...

What does a caregiver perceive while in a cultivated empathic and compassionate state of consciousness, when listening to the dying?

In my previous article, last month I explained the principles of ECEL, a method of Empathic Care of the End of Life. I invite you to go and read it again, as the present article is the result of one of its readers asking me: “Once you are trained in sustaining a different state of consciousness, what happens? What do...

Our entire society nowadays prepares us from our early years for plenty of things— graduation, marriage, career—without any certitude that these events will happen in our life. Isn’t it incredibly silly not to prepare us for the only event that is absolutely guaranteed? Because having been born, it is inevitable that we shall die one of these days. Is death still a taboo? Articles and books about death and dying pop up quite often; allowing us to hope that death is less a...