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Meditations for the Dead

Connecting to Those Who Have Died

Rudolf Steiner Translated and Edited by Matthew Barton

64 pp.  
4 3/4" x 6 7/8"

Rudolf Steiner Press


Published:  June 2018


Selected verses (CW 40, 261, 267, 268)

As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered to assist generally in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality.

Matthew Barton translated and selected Steiner’s verses, arranging them with sensitivity by theme. In this collection for maintaining a connection to those who have died, Rudolf Steiner offers hope and consolation to those who are bereaved.

The first section features words of wisdom on death and its deeper, spiritual meaning. The second section consists of verses that emphasize the continuing links between the living and the dead, indicating how our thoughts can help those who have departed earthly life. The final section is devoted to verses that express something of what the dead experience in their new existence.


  • Introduction by Matthew Barton
  1. What Is Death?
  2. Living with the Dead
  3. Waking to Another Life
  • Notes
  • Index of First Lines

Related Titles

  • The Bridge over the River : After Death Communications of a Young Artist Who Died in World War I
  • Life between Death and Rebirth : The Active Connection between the Living and the Dead (CW 140)
  • The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path : (CW 154)
  • Staying Connected : How to Continue Your Relationships with Those Who Have Died
  • Our Dead : Memorial, Funeral, and Cremation Addresses (CW 261)
  • The Connection between the Living and the Dead : (CW 168)
  • The Near-death Experience : In the Light of Scientific Research and Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science
  • Meditations for Courage and Tranquillity : The Heart of Peace

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Life & Death ; Anthroposophy: Meditation & Verses and Body, Mind, Health & Healing: Life & Death