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Antonia Rolls
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Antonia Rolls is an Artist Extraordinaire and a soul midwife, working on the A Graceful Death exhibition, promoting conversations and awareness of what it means to be facing the end of life. The exhibition contains portraits of and conversations with, those facing death. A soul midwife is a compassionate end of life companion.
Antonia Rolls is an Artist Extraordinaire and a soul midwife, working on the A Graceful Death exhibition, promoting conversations and awareness of what it means to be facing the end of life. The exhibition contains portraits of and conversations with, those facing death. A soul midwife is a compassionate end of life companion.

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Love is all there is
Prologue Recently my body and soul had a chat.  My mind was present but not listening.  My body had stern words for my mind.  You are not listening, said my body, and so I am going to break my foot.  And if that doesn't work, I'm afraid I will have to have ...

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On falling in love
Chapter One I have decided to be in love.  There is someone I know well, but am not always very nice to, who could do with some attention.  To mark this rather revolutionary thought, I decided to cook a wonderful meal. When our lives become difficult, when ...

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All is well, all is not well, all is well
On the 23 October, three and a half weeks ago, my darling husband died.  He fought hard at the end, before finally drifting into a deep peace. He died with his brother, his son and me holding him.  As his brother spoke the words commending Alan's soul into ...

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On the mystery of taking care of oneself
Look after yourself. Alan, my husband, is ill.  He has terminal bowel cancer.  He takes his pills, is prescribed morphine for his pain, and we take a great deal of care to make him happy, to make him comfortable and to do what we can for the best.  He is a ...

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Mr B, still in hospital, still smiling.
Life.  An update. Alan, still in hospital, still smiling. The inner life Making space to journey with someone who is terminally ill is best done consciously.  Changes are needed in all areas of the life of the person who is ill. The ripple effect includes f...

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Not yet the final set, Mr B x
Setting the Scene part I Mr Bedford and I sit together in the early morning in our hotel room in Eastbourne.  The sun is shining, the seagulls are seagulling, and the fresh sea breeze blows in through the open windows of our room.  We are here this weekend ...

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After the show, the silences
Part One Sitting on my sofa in a pink dress with the rain falling outside, all seems as good as it can be.  I say that carefully. I've taken time off to relax, to rest, to recover and so I planned three days at home to stop.  If that is truly what I intende...

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The Show Goes On. Rest, Dom, Rest
Dawn breaks on the first day of eternity Fr Dominic Rolls, our youngest brother, at last resting.  White roses on his coffin. The dawn broke today, as it always does.  I woke as I always do, listening to the birds outside beginning to sing, and watching, as...

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Two Difficult Things To Anticipate.
I'm struggling with anticipation on two levels.  Both feel very big and both are taking up my thoughts. I am aware that anticipation is something we all feel, whether good or bad, and that you will say "Ah, yes, I feel anticipation too.  Today, I anticipate...

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The Arctic in the Bognor House, Work, and George. And Matthew.
Part I.  The House. Life in my house is rarely dull. To set the scene, I own five lodgers, one son and a hamster called Matthew.  Matthew belongs to my son Giant Boy, and his girlfriend, but he lives here and is taken, by them, very seriously.  If I had my ...
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