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ISBN: 9781852001353
Size: 217x135mm
Binding: softback
Length: 93pp
Price: £8.50

COPING WITH DEATH by Leslie Scrase

In this short book author Leslie Scrase helps to uncover and explain those emotions felt when having to deal with death, something we will all be involved with during various parts of our lives but which is often so very difficult to contemplate or discuss.
     After many years of conducting Humanist ceremonies the author has gained a great deal of sympathetic knowledge and understanding about bereavement and how to cope with it.
    Starting with the funeral ceremony itself, the book goes on to discuss the problems of coping with untimely death, surviving and progressing after  bereavement, whether there is life after death, and dealing with the anger or guilt which death can induce.
    At the end of the book there are a good number of passages and poems to help stimulate or bring comfort to readers, many of which could also be particularly useful to anyone looking for something suitable to quote within a memorial ceremony.


Leslie Scrase

The author conducted his first ceremony, a Sunday service in a small chapel in North Devon, when he was 17 years old. When this edition comes out, he will have been conducting ceremonies of one kind or another for 60 years. He became a minister of religion, serving in various parts of this country and in South India over a period of about 20 years.
     Loss of religious faith took him to the British Humanist Association and the conduct of Humanist ceremonies from the late 1970s until now. He sees himself as no more than a voice, attempting to enable people to achieve the kind of ceremony they desire. Inevitably this involves a good deal of flexibility and openness.
     For many years now he has conducted over a hundred ceremonies a year and in recent years this has risen to over 150 a year which suggests that there is a need for celebrants to take this kind of approach.
     Twice married, he and Wendy share six children and a host of grandchildren scattered through the south of England.
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