Praise for At the End of Life

Posted on November 30, 2012 by


Dr. Neil Vickers of King’s College has some kinds words for At the End of Life in his review [extract only] at Medical Humanities:

All of the essays in the collection are beautifully written. They deserve to be read for that and for their authors’ honesty and the self-knowledge.

Vickers is particularly struck by Beecher Grogan’s essay on her young daughter’s death:

When renaissance writers, such as Erasmus and Montaigne, offered advice on how to die well, they took eternal life as a given. You needed to know how to die well in this life in order to get off to a good start in the next one. What Grogan gives us is more modern. It’s as if she discovers a spiritual meaning in her own life only through Lucy’s death, which then awakens in her a set of personal supernatural beliefs.

Read an interview with Beecher Grogan here.

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