I have a calling to help people to talk more honestly and openly about what really matters. Therefore, my books address issues to do with menopause, end of life, death and dying, and what it means to be living consciously for a better world.
Living Fully, Dying Consciously steps into the heart of the human condition to explore why our entire life is a psychological and spiritual preparation for death. Life is not easy, but when we accept that we are just passing through this physical existence it puts things into perspective. Confronting our fear of death and accepting our physical mortality, Sue believes, will contribute to creating a much more conscious way of living. This is our gift to ourselves. To the Earth. And to future generations.
The D-Word: talking about dying tackles the awkwardness and embarrassment that many people experience when confronted by someone who is dying, and to explore different ways to open up often difficult and distressing conversations. The book is used in many end-of-life care training programmes, and is recommended reading for many trainee nurses and medical staff. Sue was also interviewed about it on Woman’s Hour, Talking about dying with Jane Garvy (Tuesday, 28 June 2011).
Now available on kindle. This invaluable booklet provides information on what happens as someone enters their dying process (all information in the brochure can also be accessed via the death and dying button on the menu) Due to generous sponsorship from the Aim Foundation thousands of these brochures have been distributed free to hospices, hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, and relatives in need of help and support. It is now used in many palliative care training programmes and included in end-of-life care resource packages. Dying Matters (set up by the National Council of Palliative care in 2009) incorporated it into their own end-of-life resources.
Sex, Meaning and the Menopause: Part of Sue’s preparation for entering later life was to come to terms with the menopause. She looks at it as a powerful rite of passage – the time in a woman’s life when she is forced to confront the fact that she is no longer young. Some women fight it. Others accept it. But very little is spoken about the emotional and spiritual changes that a menopausal woman goes through. So Sue sets about interviewing over seventy women and nine men partnered or married to menopausal women for Sex, Meaning and the Menopause. The mens’ interviews became the banner headline in the Daily Mail: Will your marriage survive the menopause? Sue was interviewed twice on Woman’s Hour, talking about different themes from her book.