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Eternity and Me

The Everlasting Things in Life and Death, 1st Edition

By Allan Kellehear


200 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

The Good Story of Life

When death knocks at our door . . .

1 The Tree of Life

2 Fear and Dread

3 Friendship

4 The Question

5 Near-Death Experiences

6 The Body

7 Sex

8 The Burden of Peter Schlemihl

9 Christmas with Andy

10 Joy

11 God

12 Your Best Offer

13 Monsters

14 Astronaut

15 Planning and Preparing

16 A Living Thing

17 Shareholders

18 Your Fortune in Cairo

19 What will it be like for you?

20 Everlasting Things

Death and society and truth and fairy tale

21 Death: Worth Living For

22 Death and Social Attitudes

23 Public Notice

24 A History Lesson

25 Room for a View

26 Visitor to No. 23

27 Not Fate

28 Life and Death

29 Loss

30 Eternity and Me

Secrets of the clasped hands of the heart

31 Grief

32 The Legend of the White Butterfly

33 Death Pact

34 Folly

35 Concerning Tears

36 Not Being There

37 The First Friend

38 Missing and Hoping

39 The Comfort of Darkness

40 To Honor Their Memory

Parting Words

At Day's End


About the Author

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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Death, Value and Meaning Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health