About the Author
Fran Smith teaches GCSE English and English as a Foreign Language. Before becoming a teacher she worked for the Probation Service for ten years. Her first job after school was on the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, where, among other things, she wrote wedding reports and the People and Pets column. She lives in a village at the edge of the Fens.
Joan Halifax, PhD, is a Zen priest and anthropologist who has served on the faculty of Columbia University, the University of Miami School of Medicine, the New School for Social Research, and Naropa University. For forty years she has worked with dying people and has lectured on the subject of death and dying at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and many other academic institutions. In 1990, she founded Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist study and social action center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1994, she founded the Project on Being with Dying, which has trained hundreds of health-care professionals in the contemplative care of dying people.