This uplifting, sensitively crafted and impeccably researched book studies the words spoken across a spectrum of ordinary people – many with no spiritual beliefs – as their lives end. And yet, time and again, Lisa Smartt discovered that their words convey beautiful spiritual meaning. She charts how the dying use eerily familiar symbols, metaphors, time-loops, gestures and linguistic depictions to express an expanding vision of a transcendent reality. It seems that the human soul at its most sublime often manifests itself through words spoken at the threshold of death. Never before studied, these authentic garnerings of words spoken at the end of life are profoundly moving and impossible to dismiss. They lift the process of death from extinction into one of ever-deepening meaning, revelation and wonder.
225pp, 213 x 137mm, Paperback, 2017, RRP £14.99