Journal of Professional Nursing

The Buddhist Way of Dying 

Ann Chapman, RGON, Nurse Advisor (Public Relations), New Zealand Nurses Association 

Reference:  Clare, J. (1991). The Buddhist Way of Dying. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 6(2) 23-26.


The origins of this paper can be traced back to the time of the death of my younger brother from a brain tumour at the age of thirty.  I felt at the time of his death that professionally, and in the context of other deaths, it was a very easy death.  I wondered why a young man with a size year old son and a loving wife accepted his death so readily, and why the process was so calm and peaceful.  My brother was a Buddhist lay preacher.  His given name was Paul.  His Buddhist name was Padmasiddhi.

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