Eternity and Me: The Everlasting Things in Life and Death

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Routledge, Jun 4, 2019 - Psychology - 200 pages
The 40 short reflections in this book address the ways in which we face the prospect of death and loss. The first 20 reflections are designed to be read by (or to) anyone living with a life-threatening illness; the other 20 are reflections on living with grief, especially bereavement. Each reflection is based on a single story drawn from one of three sources: Dr. Kellehear's professional experience with individuals living with dying or loss; his own experiences and stories from childhood; and the retelling of some of the great myths and legends about life, love, and death, selected from around the world-from Ireland to Japan, from Melanesia to China. The book is written to be accessible to a wide general audience.It can be read from beginning to end like a conventional book; each self-contained piece is also suitable for reading on a bus, train, or plane journey, or before bed at night. Each piece can be selected as a stand-alone meditation for use as a discussion topic in pastoral care, counseling, or sermons. These reflections are stories about how we can make the most of life in the shadow of death and loss. They are designed to instill hope and meaning in the difficult times that can accompany human mortality.
 

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Contents

Foreword
by Rachel Naomi Remen M
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Good Story of Life When death knocks at our door
The Tree of Life
Fear and Dread
Friendship
Everlasting Things
Death and society and truth and fairy tale
Worth Living
Death and Social Attitudes
Public Notice
24A History Lesson
Room for a View
Visitor to No 23

The Question 5 NearDeath Experiences
The Body
7
The Burden of Peter Schlemihl
Christmas with Andy
10
Monsters
Astronaut
Planning and Preparing
A Living Thing
Shareholders
Your Fortune in Cairo
What will it be like for you?
Not Fate
Life and Death
Loss
Eternity and
Secrets of the clasped hands of the heart
Grief
The Legend of the White Butterfly
Death Pact
Folly
Concerning Tears
At Days
God 12 Your Best Offer

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Professor Allan Kellehear is a medical and public health sociologist with interests in death, dying and end of life care. In addition to two previous chairs in England (at the Universities of Bath and Middlesex), and is Professor at Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford.

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