Book review: A matter of life and death

it was like having a hurricane blow through me

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This is one to dip in and out of, as Rosalind suggests. It’s philosophical, wise and spiritual. The 60 contributors share just a page or so of their ideas.

Some say things in a new way. For example, Jennifer Briscoe-Hough: “I know that being able to put my hands on the dead body of someone I love helps my body understand that they have gone – it’s a cellular communication.” Wow!

And then: “I was with her (her mother) when she died and it was like having a hurricane blow through me.It rearranged me, which I think must be the job of this enormous life.”

Others validate what we already know, such as Carol Kamormy: “At the end of a long career (in palliative care) and from personal experience (her own illnesses), I believe that compassion is the most important quality when caring for people at the end of life.”

Isn’t it so good to be reminded.

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