Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death by Richard Holloway
September 16, 23, 30
with a presentation about end-of-life matters Sunday, Sept. 29, 12:00pm
Waiting for the Last Bus is a stirring plea to reacquaint ourselves with death. Now in his 80s, Richard Holloway looks back on a lifetime as a “doubting priest” and reflects on what it means to accept death in a world that seems devoted to denying its reality. Holloway writes as a humanist first, though his grounding in the Christian faith shines through. Short and accessibly written, this book offers us an opportunity to engage with life and death in new ways.
The spectrum of issues which Holloway addresses is virtually all-inclusive: the history of attitudes toward death, heaven and hell, aging, the fight for survival, the imperative of death, religion as the human response to existence, predestination, forgiveness, near-death experiences, reincarnation, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, cryo-preservation, memory and remembrance, the death of a child, the meaning of the universe, obituaries, and grief. Facing and welcoming death gives us the chance to think about the meaning of our own life, indeed of life itself.