What can we learn from the Coffin Roads?

We are delighted that Professor Ian Bradley is joining us for our next online network gathering coming up on 27 February. Ian will share the extraordinary traditions around the coffin roads in the Highlands and islands of Scotland – ancient tracks along which bodies were carried on their way to remote graveyards.

Ian Bradley is Emeritus Professor of Cultural and Spiritual History at the University of St Andrews. He has written over 40 books and is well-known as a  broadcaster, journalist and lecturer. Ian’s book The Coffin Roads: Journeys to the West argues that aspects of the distinctive West Highland and Hebridean way of death and approach to dying and mourning may have something helpful and important to offer to us today. The often lengthy procession along the coffin roads reinforced the idea of death as a journey. The passage from this life to the next was seen as a gradual rather than instant and marked by a series of rituals.

This is sure to be a fascinating insight and discussion. What can we learn to bring new understanding to our experiences of death today?

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Slow Down When Someone Dies

by Lin Carruthers and Kate Clark

Do the lights go out when someone dies? Are you in the dark about what to do when a person takes their last breath? This life-affirming guide encourages and enables you to explore the options for everyone involved.

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This module explores an approach to preparing for your Daisy Days which takes account of yourself and also those central to your life. It covers who can legally make arrangements for you, how to begin, the influences on decisions, explorative conversations, and gives step-by-step guidance to write your “After My Last Breath” letter.

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