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Living Fully,  Dying  Consciously, the path spiritual wellbeing. 

Due out 24th January 2020


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.

Praise for Living Fully, Dying Consciously: The Path to Spiritual Wellbeing

‘This book is a Tour de Force of the science and philosophy surrounding death and dying, as well as the emerging science of consciousness survival, all of which I have both researched myself and also experienced personally, so I can verify the scientific accuracy of what Sue is reporting on – and teaching in this wonderful book.’ 

– Dr. Alan Ross Hugenot, author, The New Science of Consciousness Survival and the Metaparadigm Shift to a Conscious Universe

Living Fully, Dying Consciously takes you on a profound journey through the rigours of the human condition to understand how spiritual wellbeing generates a healthier world for all of us, and that we are indeed, just passing through this physical existence. Many people understand this following a near-death experience, and it’s so good to read a book that wakes you up to the importance of engaging with what mortality really means.

– Dr Penny Sartori, author, The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences

In this time of escalating health needs that no system can hope to meet, Sue Brayne re-acquaints us with the complex truth of the human condition and offers us ways not of curing it, but enduring it – with grace, wisdom, courage and compassion. Her book will make you feel like a better and more complete being.’

– Paul Wilson, lead for prevention, mental health and wellbeing for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Sue Brayne does not pretend that life is easy.  Rather she tackles the heart of the human condition by exploring why so many of us are frightened of death and therefore scared of life. This is a very important book which should be read by young and old alike. Sue’s wisdom is profound and we all need to be inspired by her message that living consciously creates a much better world.

– Peter Fenwick, Author, Shining Light on Transcendence: The unconventional journey of a Neuroscientist

Sue Brayne’s clear no-nonsense approach to living and dying is refreshing and important.  Here she shares her wider vision of the meaning of having a human life based on many years of careful work and reflection. 

Liz Rothschild, Director of Kicking the Bucket Festival, Oxford


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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)

“Beautifully written in clear and compassionate language, it covers all aspects of the journey that we all face … a clear, concise travelling companion.”

Felicity Warner, Hospice of the Heart and Soul Midwives.

“A major contribution to our understanding of the realities of dying … easy to read and littered with richly evocative stories … an excellent book and a valuable asset to all on the way to our common fate.”

Professor Sheila Payne, Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK.

“This book will prove to be one of the most important published in 2010. No other book covers the area of dying, the importance of spiritual care, and how best to help relatives and friends, with such detail and clarity.”

Dr Peter Fenwick, Author of ‘The Art of Dying’

nearing-end-of-life-brochureNearing the End of Life: a guide for relatives, friends and carers (now available on kindle) 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-menopausePart 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 book.

Other articles about the menopause:

Menopause in the workplace

How to get the best out of a visit to your GP to talk about the menopause

Marriage, the menopause and the art of good listening

Stress can bring on early menopause 

 A day of talking about sex, aging and the menopause, not forgetting ‘hot tongue’

Another Day Talking About Sex, Meaning and the Menopause

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