The English Book of the Dead
About the Book
Like a lot of people today, I don’t believe in a god. This leaves Sundays nice and free, but provides limited consolation when death comes to call. After our 21-year-old son Jack was killed crossing a road in Italy, I felt I needed to know all I might about my nemesis; how ancestors had approached death, what insights artists and philosophers have offered, and how our contemporaries view mortality, especially those who have had a very close brush with their own demise. These investigations set me to wonder: if death is the end of life, what exactly is life? The biosciences and physics give us some tantalizing clues and in following these I – and the book – are led to some very surprising conclusions.
by Dave Marteau
I have worked with and for those close to death for 30 years in several settings (including hospitals, a drug rehab and a hospice). Following the death of our 21-year-old son Jack, grief drove me to know everything I possibly could about death. I spent the next five years researching mortality from every conceivable angle, and then put all I found together in the hope that it might offer some comfort and hope to the newly bereaved.
End of Life Care
At Soul Companions our training courses are prepared and delivered to ensure all participants reach their potential to enable them to take this journey with those who are dying.