Podcast #049: The strange adventure we must all take

Its not the subject of polite conversation and yet it is relevant to us all. What does it mean to not only live life well, but also to die and end this life well?


On this podcast we welcome back John Wyatt. John is Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge University. He is married to Celia and and they have three grown-up sons.

John has written extensively on the subject of medical ethics and his latest book is simply called 'Dying Well'.

From the back cover, I quote:

"We need to talk about death. Are we in danger of over-medicalising it? Can we see death as a time of opportunity, both for us and our loved ones? What do we mean by resurrection hope?

The author focuses on the art moriedni -quite simply the art of dying well and dying faithfully. He offers clear direction, warm reassurance and rock-solid confidence in the One who has conquered death."

Do join us in this podcast as we explore:

  • How rather than being a topic of doom and gloom the subject of death can actually become something transforming and positive.
  • Why for hundreds of years it was thought the worst possible way to die would be to go suddenly without warning.
  • Our own personal experiences of losing loved ones suddenly and the pain that has caused in our own lives.
  • Why to die well actually means to live well
  • The opportunities dying well can bring including: -
  • Internal spiritual growth
  • Being thankful
  • Healing, building, celebrating and completing relationships
  • Finding forgiveness
  • Letting go
  • Preparing to meet our Lord and Saviour.

You may also find of interest the following related podcasts and articles:

Podcast #017: The Last Taboo Subject?

Podcast #029: The Literal End Of The World?

Podcast #042: What Does It Take To Live A Meaningful Life? An interview with Dr John Geater who has pancreatic cancer.

A Tribute To My Dear Friend Abhishek Banerjee (12 October 1981 -17 March 2014

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