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By Denise Inge

Author, educational, and adventurer, Denise Inge grew up in a wide and rambunctious relatives at the east coast of the United States. She crossed the Sahara, charmed snakes in Marrakech and cycled the Adirondack mountains yet her most up-to-date experience is an inside one. It starts off with the invention that her home is outfitted on a crypt filled with human skeletons. dealing with her worry of those strangers' bones takes her to different charnel homes in Europe and on a trip into the that means of bones themselves. This exploration, even though it all started prior to her prognosis with an inoperable sarcoma, takes on a brand new value while the query of residing good within the face of mortality unexpectedly ceases to be hypothetical.

A travel of Bones is a passionate testomony to the conviction that residing is greater than now not loss of life and that considering mortality isn't approximately being ready to die yet approximately being ready to live.

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That early experience of falling, like another of nearly drowning, had skewed my sense of risk and danger. You do not die, it told me: you pass through danger, thrilled and exhilarated. Of course I know that this is not true, or at least not ultimately so. But I had never fully shaken those early impressions that disconnected me from mortality. Cancer has dismantled that. The possibility of death is carried in my body, just as beneath my ordinary front door lie those skeletons. That is why I am so interested in them.

Priests can make a terrible mess of funerals. Undertakers are past masters at avoiding the ‘D’ word with their impressive vocabulary of obfuscatory ‘loved ones’ and ‘crossed overs’ and ‘departeds’. Doctors can be remarkably detached from mortal considerations. I was talking about this one day with one of my oldest friends, Rachel, who is a consultant in palliative medicine. Her years of working with the dying have confirmed her suspicion that death has become a topic that no one wants to discuss.

I believe I will see my children to adulthood and beyond. I believe I will finish this book. Shocking as it has been and is, what I am dealing with is not so different from what every single one of us faces. I am simply facing it in technicolor. With death it is not a question of ‘if’, only ‘when’. And none of us knows the answer to that. We are all living with more unknowns than we like to admit. Independence, choice, autonomy, those qualities we value so highly that we pretend life is not worth living without, are largely illusory.

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