• Madhu Kasiram University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Penny Sartori University of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom


This article addresses the two related issues of near-death experience and life-threatening illness with a view to helping survivors and helping professionals appreciate how to make sense of the experience whilst considering future living and future service provision. The article is based on two related research studies, citing literature from different disciplines of nursing, women’s health, spirituality and near death. This research was undertaken in the light of these experiences affecting so many aspects of life and living. The need to “dialogue with death” (Easwaran, 2008: Foreword) and life-threatening illness is the key message as opposed to shunning what is not readily understood and appreciated

Author Biographies

Madhu Kasiram, University of KwaZulu-Natal
LecturerDepartment of Social Work
Penny Sartori, University of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
LecturerDepartment of Continuing Adult EducationUniversity of Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom


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