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Matter of Life and Death: 60 Voices Share their Wisdom

by Rosalind Bradley Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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A Holocaust survivor whose mother collapsed and died only moments after they both registered as survivors, a death row inmate who has reclaimed his life through Buddhism, and a mother  whose daughter was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer two days before her thirtieth birthday, among others, offer their perspectives on death and dying in this thought-provoking volume. Contributors from all walks of life share their thoughts on carefully selected writings, images and artwork that most accurately express death to them. Describing their unique experiences, they reveal that, beyond the heartache and the mystery, death teaches us all invaluable lessons about how we live our lives.



Offering comfort, reassurance and varied insights into death, loss and its impact on life, this collection is for anyone w ho might be coming to terms with this inevitable destination. Royalty proceeds from the book will be donated to Ashgate Hospicecare, North Derbyshire, UK.


Introduction. 1. Personal Encounters with Death. Gail O'Brien, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, Sydney, Australia. Brigadier Michael Griffiths CBE, Duke of Lancaster Regiment, UK. Olga Horak OAM, Sydney Jewish Museum, Australia. Colleen Kelly, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, USA. Professor Patrick McGorry AO, University of Melbourne, Australia. The Burton Gaudiosi Family, Australia. Amit Dasgupta, India. Erica Stewart, Sands, UK. Kinny Gardener, The Krazy Kat Theatre, UK. Pam Masini, Child Bereavement UK. Reverend Peter Pereira, Australia. Mitchell Willoughby, Tennessee, USA. 2. Death Brings a Wisdom. Josefine Speyer, Natural Death Centre, UK. Jennifer Briscoe-Hough, Australia. Reverend Canon Rosie Harper, Great Missenden, UK. Molly Carlile AM, Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre, Australia. Dr Michael Barbato OAM, Australia. Professor Allan Kellehear, University of Bradford, UK. Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, The New North London Synagogue, UK. Laurence Freeman OSB, World Community for Christian Meditation, UK. Carol Komaromy, The Open University, UK. Dom Christian de Chergé, Algeria. Sogyal Rinpoche, Rigpa, France. Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Chalice of Repose Project, School of Music Thanatology, Oregon, USA. 3. Working Closely with Death. Deborah de Wilde OAM, Australia. Diane Roche, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Arabella Dorman, UK. Dr Megory Anderson, Sacred Dying Foundation, USA. Dr Peter Saul, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia. Stephen Olson, Royal Oak Burial Park, British Colombia, Canada. Dr Soren Blau, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Australia. Dr Irene Adams, Clinica Ammor, Brazil. Dr Louise Jordan, Baslow Health Centre, Derbyshire, UK. Su Chard, UK. James Norris, and the Digital Legacy Association, UK. Chinyere Inyama, UK. 4. Death and the Circle of Life. Sughra Ahmed, Islamic Society of Britain, UK. Dr Sarah Edelman, Dying with Dignity NSW, Australia. Trypheyna McShane, Australia. Stephen Miller, USA. Dr Ian Gawler OAM, Australia. Amelia Freelander, Amnesty International, Australia. Claire Henry MBE, The National Council for Palliative Care & Dying Matters coalition, UK. Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, St Christopher's Hospice, UK. Reverend Jonathan Woodhouse, UK. Caitlin Doughty, The Order of the Good Death, USA. Bruce Kent, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Pax Christi, UK. 5. Death is Sacred. Dr Pushpa Bhardwaj-Wood, New Zealand. Sharifah Zuriah Aljeffri, Malaysia. Sr Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris, UK. Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh, Guru Nanak Sewak Jatha, UK. Peter Shine, Aboriginal Health Northern Sydney Local Health District, Australia. Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild, UK. Dr Doreen Tembo, UK. Reverend Marta Benavides, El Salvador. Dr Frank Brennan, Calvary Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Dr Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, France. Woris Kubo, Papua New Guinea. Venerable Thubten Chodron, Sravasti Abbey, USA. Ela Gandhi, South Africa. Post-script. Ashgate Hospice. References.

'I rejoice that death has become less of a taboo subject in our conversations. In this timely book you will discover precious wisdom and heartfelt insights from people of all walks of life...As I have listened to these voices, I have found reassurance and enlightenment. I know this book will offer the same gifts to you whether you believe in a transition to a new life or contemplate the beyond with some uncertainty. I commend it highly.' from the foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu


'A powerful book on the truth of our mortality, and the richness that can be derived from our encounter with death.' Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
Rosalind Bradley was born and raised in the UK but has lived in Sydney, Australia for over 30 years. She has taught in Papua New Guinea and is currently a Council Member of Eremos, a forum for exploring spirituality in Australia and a volunteer biographer at a local hospice. Rosalind has previously edited two anthologies of inter-faith prayers, A World of Prayer and Mosaic.