Spoken Word & Music

When music is woven with spoken messages of authenticity and heart, the listener is often moved and infused with essential meaning.


Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying (New World Library, 2000), an award-winning giftbook with 2 audio CDs, is our first spoken word and music offering. Over 100,000 listeners at every stage of acceptance and letting go have benefited from its all-embracing wisdom and calm reassurance.


Together with the spoken voices of Thich Nhat Hanh, Ram Dass, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and leaders from different religious and spiritual traditions, the work features the original music score of Emmy-award winning film composer, Gary Malkin.


A second CD, Unspeakable Grace, provides the music soundtrack by itself without spoken words. This exquisite recording may be listened to in a wide variety of environments, helping to create an atmosphere of openness and acceptance.

The Graceful Passages project began by asking spiritual leaders the question- “What would you say to someone who was dying?”- and then setting the essence of their response to music.

Originally inspired by co-founder Michael Stillwater’s experience singing for patients at the bedside in hospice, creating spontaneous songs for them, their families and care providers- and seeing the profound effect music can have for someone facing their life’s summation.

“Every song is an expression of that one, Great Song- that has been here from the beginning
and will be here after the end”

– Br. David Steindl-Rast

The resource includes these two CDs- ‘messages’ and ‘music’- both encased in an elegant gift book with all messages and commentaries.

Produced by Michael Stillwater and film composer Gary Malkin, in collaboration with Dan Alvarez and Doris Laesser Stillwater.

The Welcoming, with words by Song Without Borders co-founder Michael Stillwater and music by Gary Malkin.
Audio track from Graceful Passages set to video imagery.

The End of Suffering, with words by Vietnamese poet/monk
Thich Nhat Hanh and music by Gary Malkin.
Audio track from Graceful Passages set to video imagery.

Graceful Passages provides anyone in transition with a powerful experiential tool for being more compassionate, aware and appreciative.

Total Time:
Messages CD: 72 minutes
Music CD: 66 minutes

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An award-winning, leading audio in hospice and clinics as well as supporting individuals on their spiritual path, Graceful Passages is a 2 CD Giftbook that has proven highly effective in reducing anxiety around major transitions, and supporting family members, patients, and health care providers with a spiritual sanctuary around the dying process.

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These two CD Volumes of spoken messages from leaders in compassionate care supported by original scored music are used by health professionals and healing practitioners as a continuing education tool and for inspirational self-renewal, helping strengthen skills and capacity for emotional presence, relational medicine, and healing dialogue.

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Listen to the wisdom of teachers, speaking directly to the process of our healing journey, set to music which supports the messages entering deeply into the heart. Created for anyone on a path of healing, this resource contains messages from Thich Nhat Hanh, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen and others, together with gorgeous music.