What Is Dying?
A moving meditation on death with a reassuring power and purity that speaks to those who have suffered loss and bereavement.
The beauty of the words and the striking simplicity of its sentiment has made this one of the most inspired messages of comfort and hope for those who have suffered loss. This is the first publication as a book for a poem that has been recited at memorial services for over a century.
What is Dying? is a moving meditation on death, with a reassuring power that speaks directly to those who have been recently bereaved, and millions of people have been comforted by its serenity and acceptance.
The poem speaks movingly and directly with the voice of faith that sustains us during a time of grief. Ben Ecclestone’s sensitive illustrations perfectly complement the words of Bishop Brent’s poem.
Charles Brent was an Episcopalian minister who served during World War One as the Senior Chaplain for the American Armed Forces in Europe. Ben Ecclestone studied at Canterbury Regional College of Art. He has illustrated many of Adrian Plass’s books.
“The poem ‘What is Dying?’ – which likens death to a journey by a sailing ship – is presented in book form for the first time. Each line is illustrated in pen and ink by Ben Eccleston.”
‘The War Cry’
“This delightful little book is beautifully illustrated. The poem has been used for a long time to comfort the bereaved and it is uplifting on several levels. I bought this for a friend who had been recently bereaved.”