The promise of an afterlife is one of the great consolations of religious thought, but without it how can we make sense of a life which has to end? Does the absence of heaven and hell mean there is no meaning to be found in the here and now? Or does the fact that everything ends simply make being alive more meaningful?
The panel includes Reverend Richard Coles, a Church of England priest, former chart-topping musician, best-selling author and guest panelist on shows such as Have I Got News For You and QI; Cathy Rentzenbrink, whose celebrated memoir, The Last Act of Love, tells of how life changed forever when her brother was knocked down and left in a coma two weeks before his GCSE results, and whose forthcoming book, A Manual for Heartache, looks at how we can all learn to live with grief and loss and find joy in the world again; and the Tibetan lama Lelung Rinpoche, who founded the Lelung Dharma Trust.
This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of How Do We Live with Death? Weekend.
This talk is British Sign Language-interpreted.
This talk is Speech-to-Text-transcribed.
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