Stories from the Heart of Living and Dying
Excruciating Beauty: Stories from the Heart of Living and Dying offers an insightful, informative, and reassuring roadmap through one of the most important but least-discussed experiences of our lives. Preparing well for death is an act of love for ourselves and for those close to us.
The twenty intimate stories in this book provide hope and comfort for people with advanced cancer, as well as for their families. Death through illness can be viewed as a natural and inevitable facet of life that can be met with curiosity and courage, rather than with aversion and fear. Excruciating Beauty offers practical ways to facilitate the shift from feeling hopeless to hopeful; from being afraid of death to accepting it; from having an unresolved past to being at peace with the life that’s been lived; from feeling disconnected and alone, to feeling part of the collective story; and from dying, to living until we die.
Excruciating Beauty is a balm for the fearful heart and a tonic for the spirit. It offers solace to anyone engaged in living at the edge of death.
Janie Brown was born in Scotland and educated with a Masters in Psychology at St. Andrews University, and a Masters in Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She has worked for more than thirty years as an oncology nurse and counsellor, and in 1995 founded the Callanish Society, a grassroots non-profit organization for people living with, and dying from, cancer, based in Vancouver (www.callanish.org). She presents nationally and internationally, has published in professional journals, and writes a widely-read blog www.lifeindeath.org. In 2016, Janie received a Lloyd Symington Foundation grant to write this book.