Being Alive describes the place and meaning of suffering; the demands on those caring for the chronically ill; the experience of loss and how to cope with it; the powerful restorative value of memory; and the life giving work of a hospice.
The essays in Being Alive attempt to describe
- the place and meaning of suffering in life
- the demand upon those caring for the chronically ill
- the experience of loss–and how to cope with it
- the powerful restorative value of memory
- the life giving work of a hospice.
80 pages, soft cover
Raymond Johnston was born in Belfast, N. Ireland and lives in England. He was forced to abandon a successful international career in management consultancy when hit by life threatening illness in his early fifties. During the ensuing struggle to survive he discovered the restorative power of memory in helping him build a new life with deeper meaning. Being alive recounts some of the most significant moments of that experience and suggests ways in which those working with the critical or chronically ill can offer life giving support and encouragement. Raymond died in September 2006.
“I have read the essays and feel privileged to have done so. There is something very special here. They are brave, honest and full of love. They bear reading and re-reading and I think they will speak to everyone, whatever their stage of life. They deserve to be widely read”.