The Art of Dying
"The Art of Dying" is a contemporary version of the medieval 'Ars Moriendi' - a manual on how to achieve a good death. Dr. Peter Fenwick is an eminent neuropsychiatrist, academic and expert on disorders of the brain. His most compelling and provocative research has been into the end of life phenomena, including near-death experiences and deathbed visions of the dying person, as well as the experiences of hospice and palliative care workers and relatives of dying people.Dr. Fenwick believes that consciousness may be independent of the brain and so able to survive the death of the brain, a theory which has divided the scientific community. The 'problem with death' is deeply rooted in our culture and the social organization of death rituals. Fenwick believes that with serious engagement and through further investigation of these phenomena, he can help change attitudes so that we in the West can face up to death and embrace it as a significant and sacred part of life. We have become used to believing that we have to shield each other from the idea of death. Fear of death means we view it as something to be fought every step of the way.Aimed at a broad popular market, "The Art of Dying" looks at how other cultures have dealt with death and the dying process (The Tibetan 'death system', Swedenborg, etc.
Dr Peter Fenwick is an internationally renowned neuropsychiatrist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is Britain's leading clinical authority on near-death experiences and is president of the British branch of The International Association for Near-Death Studies. He also holds appointments at the Maudsley Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital, and the Broadmoor Special Hospital for Violent Offenders. Elizabeth Fenwick has written a number of books on health and family issues. She has produced books on pregnancy and child care, worked as an agony aunt advising on sexual problems on radio and in Company magazine and has been involved in sex education in two London schools. She also worked for three years as a counsellor for Childline.
1. Stories about death and dying: background and history of end of life experiences; 2. Doctors and the dying; 3. Death bed visions; 4. Death bed coincidences; 5. Looking for answers; 6. Grandfather's clock and other odd incidents; 7. Visions of light; 8. A search for the soul; 9. The last frontier: the unsolved problem of consciousness; 10. Dying a good death; 11. A journey to elsewhere.