Life before Death

Encounters with the Terminally ill

Original Title: Noch mal leben vor dem Tod
With photographs / illustrations from Walter Schels

Hardcover with jacket, 224 pages, 22.0 x 27.0 cm, 8.7 x 10.6 in., 71 b/w illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-421-05837-9
€ 39.90 [D] | € 41.10 [A] | CHF 52.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: September 7, 2004
This title is available.


Rights sold to: China (Bertelsmann Asia), Taiwan (Locus Publishing)

Beate  Lakotta, Walter  Schels -  Life before Death


Few subjects affect us as profoundly as an encounter with death. Nowadays, hardly anything retains the same taboo as death and dying. The journalist Beate Lakotta and the photographer Walter Schels asked terminally ill patients if they might remain with them during the final weeks, days, and hours of their lives.
From these vigils they were able to put together a collection of detailed descriptions and photos of people as their lives drew to a close. Most of them spent their last days in hospices, places allocated to the dying, where their hopes and fears hang in the balance: Whoever comes to one of these places will be able to experience the final phase of their life with as much awareness and freedom from pain as can be achieved. But only a short time remains in which to assess one’s life, make peace with oneself and others, to face up to death and the question of what comes after.


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