On Death: Wisdom and Consolation from the World's Great Writers
Triumph Books, 1959 - Religion - 235 pages
These timeless writings offer comfort & understanding for perhaps our most difficult yet universal personal experiences: illness, aging, the loss of a loved one, & our own preparation for passage from this life. More than 300 selections have been drawn from a diverse cross-section of philosophy, literature, & sacred texts, featuring such writers as: Dante, Shakespeare, Catherine of Siena, Milton, Donne, Lao-Tse, Aquinas, Bernard of Clairvaux, Juliana of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Pascal, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dostoyevsky, Newman, Anne Bradstreet, Therese of Lisieux, Blake, Whitman, Dame Edith Sitwell, W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, & scores of others. Organized by the classic topics associated with the life-death continuum, these reflections cover grief & loss, immortality, eternity, judgment, resurrection, hell, purgatory, heaven, & prayer. Each selection offers spiritual & intellectual food for thought on the purpose & destiny of each human life. The volume concludes with an assortment of powerful prayers of solace gathered from across the centuries.
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