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The Something and Nothing of Death: A Book to Read Before You Die Paperback – 2 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: PS Avalon (2 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955278643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955278648
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,434,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will Parfitt, UKCP Registered Psychosynthesis Psychotherapist and Fellow of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development, has over forty years experience of working with personal and spiritual development. He is the director of Psychosynthesis Avalon, a Kabbalah teacher and student, mentor and spiritual guide. Will's current work may be viewed at:

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From the Publisher

Written in easy to understand language, the aim of this book is to explore many different ways of looking at death and what it's presence in life means to us.

At this time with political and climatic concerns increasingly to the fore, The Something and Nothing of Death will provide a source of inspiration and comfort through enabling the reader to face the always imminent prospect of death with a new spirit of inquiry. The deep reflections offered in the text stimulate similar reflective processes in the reader and foster well-being both through increasing knowledge and understanding of death, and through the lessening of semi-conscious and unconscious fears around the subject.

From the Author

I know from my work as a psychosynthesis psychotherapist and teacher and as a group leader how powerful this material can be, and have used my experience in working with others, and my own journey with death, to write a book hopefully effective in making a positive, life-enriching change to the reader's perspective on and relationship with death.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Brown on 5 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
Will's book on "Death" emerges as a debate - a discussion - between author and reader, in which the fears and horrors about death are clearly laid out. Will provides many perspectives from which to see the "something" or the "nothing" - coming back always to the spirit of honest inquiry, and what might be called a lively acceptance of something we cannot evade. We are not beseiged by any kind of party line, and yet Will doesn't flinch from laying out given modes of thought and belief. The additional exercises for reflection are a bonus and take us deeper into our own personal explorations.
Barbara Brown. Author of "Qi Gong" and (published in the spring) "Looking for Doris."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Starwalker on 16 Oct 2011
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This book is a gem! An intelligent discourse covering the themes and questions which arise as we confront the reality of our eventual demise. A wise, straight-forward and compassionate journey in feeling and thought, this book is both grounded and practical and also open-ended enough in the metaphysical sense that I believe anyone of any faith or none could read this and feel a congruence. That is a superb achievement. Will Parfit strikes exactly the right balance - having both a light touch and also fearlessly confronting potentially delicate issues. As the subtitle says 'A book to read before you die'. I felt a real sense of gratitude reading this book, and I'm sure that many other people will feel likewise.

Another thing - most important! The formatting on this Kindle edition is absolutely brilliant, so the book is a pleasure to read. Other Kindle users will notice the difference, I'm sure, as not all Kindle titles are up to this standard. You can see this excellence right from the preliminary pages, and all through the text. Thanks, Will!
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Essential Reading 4 Jun 2008
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Format: Paperback
As a hospice volunteer for 20 years in Northern California, I have read many books on death and dying. I really appreciated the freshness of this book; not only is it full of interesting information on the subject, but it also contains many experiential exercices for coming to terms with Life's innevitable losses. I also enjoyed Mr Parfitt's very British sense of humour on this challenging topic!
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