Midwifing Death: Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mother
Leslene della Madre
This book is a gift! Leslene della-Madre's stories of women and men she
has mothered to the other side . . . along with Leslene's impressive scholarship
. . . wrapped in an introduction and paintings of signs and images of
the dark mother by Monica Sjoo, great mother of the contemporary study
of women's spirituality.
Because it rejects the cycle of life and death, violence and the threat
of death have become the dominant grammar of international political relations.
Patriarchy now threatens the world with terminal illness generated by
nuclear weapons of mass destruction. A brilliant combination of scholarship,
art, spirituality, and experience, Leslene della-Madre's book powerfully
brings us back to ancient ways of honouring divinity both in our lives
and deaths. I highly recommend it.
These powerful and very personal stories of death and dying go a long
way to take away our fear of this inevitable process, and give us many
tools to meet this profound journey with wisdom, compassion, and dignity.
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