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By Denise Inge

ISBN-10: 1472913078

ISBN-13: 9781472913074

Author, educational, and adventurer, Denise Inge grew up in a wide and rambunctious kin at the east coast of the US. She crossed the Sahara, charmed snakes in Marrakech and cycled the Adirondack mountains yet her most modern experience is an inside one. It begins with the invention that her home is equipped 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 importance while the query of residing good within the face of mortality without warning ceases to be hypothetical.

A travel of Bones is a passionate testomony to the conviction that residing is greater than no longer death and that considering mortality isn't approximately being ready to die yet approximately being ready to live.

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Her years of working with the dying have confirmed her suspicion that death has become a topic that no one wants to discuss. ‘Despite taking time to consider a good car, a good house or a good school, we don’t want to consider what would be a “good” death’, she says. ‘Death has become a medical condition rather than a natural end. It takes place more and more in hospitals and less in homes. ’ Added to this increasing invisibility of death is the increasing success of treatments. As modern medical advances make more diseases and conditions manageable and curable, we come to believe that death is an appointment we can postpone.

Many of the European charnel houses are medieval; some the result of physical changes to cities in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Others are the result of plagues or wars. Few of them are still receiving new bones, as ours occasionally is. The imprint of that medieval priest’s house became the blueprint for this one, its previous presence the justification for construction. The whole reason our house exists, in this particular place, in this shape, is because there once lived a priest given the task of praying for the souls of those whose bones rested here beneath his own each night.

Many of the European charnel houses are medieval; some the result of physical changes to cities in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Others are the result of plagues or wars. Few of them are still receiving new bones, as ours occasionally is. The imprint of that medieval priest’s house became the blueprint for this one, its previous presence the justification for construction. The whole reason our house exists, in this particular place, in this shape, is because there once lived a priest given the task of praying for the souls of those whose bones rested here beneath his own each night.

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