- Presented by: Digby Tantam
- Synopsis: One image of dying, used often in Spiritual music, is that it is passing over or passing on to another land. Passing on is also what we do when we transfer roles, treasures, or responsibilities to someone else. I shall discuss why the same term applies to both and why loving makes the difference it does to both.
Dylan Thomas enjoined his (dead) father "not to go gentle into that good night" Potlach for Native Canadians living on the Pacific coast is a way of gaining status through the value of what you give away. Orpheus lost Eurydice for ever by looking behind distrustfully. Ancestors in many cultures may bless their successors or try to harm tham. These disparate cultural images of loss may not be so conflicting if we consider whether what is lost--life, possessions, health, status--is given lovingly or taken ungently.