From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to become one of America’s top travel writers specializing in spiritual journeys. When she’s not on the road, she lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Lori’s newest book is Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper.
“An ideal guidebook for facing the inevitable.”—Foreword Reviews
“This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Open-hearted and soulful, never morbid, and often uplifting, Near the Exit is a colorful travelogue of mortality.” —Ira Byock, author of Dying Well and The Best Care Possible
“Our expert tour guide has arrived. Erickson takes us on a colorful journey of the world’s sacred death rituals and destinations. Pack your bags; this is a must-read trip on death—and life.” —J. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life
Lori Erickson’s new book focuses on places that have helped her come to terms with mortality—and explains why one of the most life-affirming things we can do is invite death along for the ride.
Press Kit for Near the Exit
Media Coverage for Near the Exit
Foreword Reviews Author Interview with Lori Erickson: A sublime exploration of how we all can face our own demise with grace and humor.
Cover Story and Excerpt in the Christian Century Magazine: We need to talk about death
Excerpt on PBS-affiliated Next Avenue: An Afternoon in a Cemetery
Travel with Rick Steves Radio Show: Interview (starts at 31:45 at link)
Frommer’s Travel Show on Radio America: Interview (starts at 11:45 at link)
Toronto Globe and Mail excerpt: Life, Death, and Meditation Among the Mayan Ruins
Iowa Public Radio Interview: Considering Death Across Cultures
Light of Consciousness Magazine excerpt: If Buddha Came to a Nursing Home
Undertaking: The Podcast Author Interview
Presbyterian Outlook: Recommended books to read this winter
Ethical Perspectives on the News Program on KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA: End of Life Transitions
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Author Lori Erickson reflects on mortality through her travels around the world
Franciscan Times: A magic carpet ride that provides a wider view of mortality
Off the Beaten Page Travel: A very readable, wise and, yes, funny book
More About Lori Erickson
In addition to Near the Exit, Lori is the author of the award-winning 2017 memoir Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God. Both irreverent and devout, Holy Rover explores the transformative power of travel through trips to a dozen holy sites. More information on Holy Rover
Lori has written other travel-related books and more than a thousand articles for national and regional publications. She’s also the creator of Spiritual Travels, a website featuring holy sites around the world.
Speaker at Worship Service: February 2, 10 am, Decorah Unitarian Universalist, Decorah, Iowa
What I Learned From Traveling With the Grim Reaper: speech at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, February 19, 11:10 am
Book Talk: February 16, 9:30 am, Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City
Book Talk: February 27, 7 pm, Matthew 25 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church)
Speaker at Writing for Your Life Conference With Barbara Brown Taylor: Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 27-28, 2020