With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix gives us the perfect primer to break the taboo around death in this country. Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, this book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity, and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding.
'There aren't all that many books that change the way you see the world. This book really might' Sunday Times
'A reminder that talking about death is an Act of Love' Greg Wise
'It's essential reading for anyone who will encounter death, and that means all of us' Cathy Rentzenbrink
With this in mind, Harper Colllins is offering packs to libraries so they can host a 'Have a cuppa (and talk about death)' tea and book club morning, between January 10 and February 10 next year.
Packs will include branded mugs, tea boxes, biscuits, posters (with thought starters to help you craft your conversation), book club questions and inspiring quote bookmarks from the book.
You may wish to hold the discussion with an existing book group or invite other people from the community to take part. This is very much a conversation-starter - an opportunity to have a space to discuss a topic that is often hidden in modern society.
We are aware that this discussion might be triggering, and so Harper Collins will make sure to signpost advice lines/further information should people feel they need more support. They an also offer facilitators to sit in on your discussion should you wish (location dependent).
Order your materials by 14 December.