Tim brookes perhaps best known as a long time commentator on national public radio researched issues involving death and hospice care at a time when his efforts were intertwined with care for his dying mother the resulting book has become a classic on death and dying practical considerations as well as the search for meaning in life and death. I was born in england to parents who were poor honest and loved nothing more than going for long walks preferably in the rain my education consisted of being forced to take written exams every five or six weeks and eat school lunches of liver and onions until i got to oxford where we had . Between these two charged events brookes learned a great deal about life at its extreme the needs of the dying our fear of death the differences between suffering and pain the limits of palliative care and the gap between hospice philosophy and real life practice an exile he also learned a great deal about what home and family meant to him. Signs of life a memoir of dying and discovery is an exquisitely written reminder that facing and honoring our deepest fears the death of a loved one the death of ourselves is often what liberates us to face our life and family with our deepest love. Get this from a library signs of life a memoir of dying and discovery tim brookes brookes initially intended to follow a methodical plan in order to gain insight into the mystery of our final days he would volunteer at a local hospice to learn all he could about this growing
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