Journey Home is a collection of essays about living and dying with an open heart. While many of us fear death and dying, these essays argue that embracing these events can help us reclaim a richness we’re denied in a death-phobic culture. What’s more, opening our hearts can help us celebrate the preciousness of life and craft a life-affirming legacy for our families and loved ones. This is the journey we are all called to.
Author Dan Gaffney is a former psychologist, teacher and journalist. His writing has been published widely, including in The Australian, Australian Doctor, Hospitals and Aged Care, The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, The Australian Journal of Public Health and Sydney Alumni Magazine. He has also been a health broadcaster for ABC Radio National. For the past 20 years he has mentored groups about how to live and die more mindfully. His interest in writing about living and dying well was sharpened five years ago when he was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer. Journey Home is his first book and podcast series.
The art of dying is the art of living.
RITUALS OF THE BODY
What becomes of our body when we die needn’t preoccupy us but we can ease the burden on loved ones by letting them know what to do with our corpse.
Dying is a series of destructive events that by its nature strips our humanity and obliterates our hopes for dying with dignity.
Dying doesn’t have to mean foreclosure or that our last days need to be congested by regrets, or unspoken words and unrequited feelings.
Some older people are waking up to their elderhood, but if the vanishing of our elders is any measure, it’s a rare epiphany.
People living with chronic or terminal conditions have a host of reasons for wanting to die before death claims them.