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Death: Embracing the Last Transition

Death: Embracing the Last Transition

Update: 2022-05-221
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As a society that fears death, we tend to avoid the subject. But the key to having a positive end-of-life experience might come in doing just the opposite. On this episode, we’ll hear from philosopher Simon Critchley, Boston-area chaplains Ruth Delfiner, Sarah Byrne-Martelli, and Maude Quinn, and Threshold Choir singer Leigh Davis about what makes a good death, and the many rituals, spiritual or secular, that ease our transition out of this world.



Simon Critchley is the author of many books about death, including The Book of Dead Philosophers and How to Stop Living and Start Worrying. Find out more about his other work, including his most recent book, Bald, on his website.



In addition to her work as a chaplain, Sarah Byrne-Martelli is the author of Memory Eternal: Living with Grief as Orthodox Christians, due out this summer.



Find out about Leigh Davis’s art on her website, where you can also see some of her collaborations with the Threshold Choir. Find out more about the Threshold Choir here.



Threshold Choir Song Credits:



Beyond Weeping



Rest in each breath



Words and Music by Annie Garretson for Threshold Choir



Sung by Dorothy Calvani, Leigh Davis, Winnie Lee & Marcia Picciotto



Calming, Resting, Breathing



Words and Music by Patricia Hallam for Threshold Choir



Sung by Leigh Davis, Mckendree Key & Georgia Elrod



Ocean Breath



Rest Easy



Words and Music by Helen Greenspan for Threshold Choir



Sung by Pittsburgh Threshold Choir

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Death: Embracing the Last Transition

Death: Embracing the Last Transition

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