Lucette

I’m French; I love my cheese. When I was in hospital I told them ‘No way I’m going to die before I have a lasagna!’ Simple things keep me going. I do believe we come back. There is no end, even in death. I always wanted to die on a sunny afternoon against a tree. I want to die in the bush. I want to die peacefully, and I want to die knowing I’m dying. For me that’s important, being able to live your death.
Lucette – 6 weeks before dying

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Lucette, 6 weeks before dying
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Forty people receiving palliative care reveal their thoughts about life, dreams and dying. Is there a purpose to life? What gives them joy? Have they had dreams or visions about death or the hereafter? How do they feel about dying?

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Bernard Ring and Jill Hennessy MP

“We went to see The Dreamers at the City Library. We both loved it – seeing the different perspectives and philosophies people had – religious, humanist, acceptance, sadness, guilt, hope of being reunited with loved ones…it really stayed with me long after we left.”

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Cherie

I want to die in country. That’s my wish. I dream of being with my mum and my husband. I can feel my husband’s presence around the house all the time and I dream that I’ll be at peace.

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Edward

I had a wake here by myself one day, that’s how bad I got. You don’t like to tell people what you are; you got this or that cancer and think you’re going to die. I take in more than I did before, trying to get a bit more out of life.

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John

I now believe that the lights just go out and that’s it. It was very peaceful; just flick the switch. I don’t think I’m going to be catching up with people.

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Kveta

Dreams, oh, I have whole movies! I never before was seeing dead people. That’s why I think, maybe if I die, if there is another life, I will meet them.

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Lucette

I’m French; I love my cheese. When I was in hospital I told them ‘No way I’m going to die before I have a lasagna!’ For me that’s important, being able to live your death.

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Mark

I was just floating around like Peter Pan. You couldn’t compare it to anything that’s on this side. The physical body is the one that feels the pain; the spiritual body’s not solid so you can’t hurt it.

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Tania

I’m trying to find a bit of normality in my life. Unfortunately, it’s jumped the fence, and now I have to mourn the joy of being normal, of not being cancer.

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Brian

I found myself saying, ‘I wonder if I’ll actually be alive next Wednesday?’ You suddenly realize that life doesn’t have to be that serious. But I give myself what I call little moments of terror…

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“I love this book for its demonstrations of patience, courage and love. For those of us who have still to face the final passage, it is both transforming and reassuring.”
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM

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