Crossing the Threshold

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Crossing the Threshold: Practical and Spiritual Guidance on Death and Dying – Based on the Work of Rudolf Steiner

When faced with the prospect of death—one’s own or someone else’s—there is often little time to prepare. This compact booklet is written for anyone who has to deal with death and needs information quickly. It is also for those who wish to be ready in advance. Crossing the Threshold presents a wealth of easily digestible guidance—both practical and spiritual—on all aspects of death and dying.

Writing from the perspective of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual philosophy, the authors suggest ways of coping with the time leading up to death and also the period afterwards. They examine different circumstances of death and offer advice on practical questions such as the arrangement of funerals, laying out of the body, legal requirements and wills. They also suggest how those who remain on earth can continue to relate to the departed souls of the deceased. In addition, the authors helpfully clarify Steiner’s approach to the question of how funerals should be conducted, and in particular how his advice relates to both members of The Christian Community and the Anthroposophical Society.

C O N T E N T S:


1. The Meaning of Death
2. The Christian Community Funeral Service and the Anthroposophical Movement
3. Preparing for Death
4. The Moment of Death and the Days Immediately After
5. The Period after the Funeral
6. Individual Death Circumstances
7. The Bridge between the Living and the Dead

Appendix: Practical Aspects
– Laying out the Body
– Legal Requirements following Death
– Frequently Asked Questions

About the Author

Nicholas Wijnberg was born in Natal, South Africa, in 1960. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 and is presently posted to the congregation of The Christian Community in Forest Row, England.

Philip Martyn was born in London in 1948 and works as a legal advisor to a bank. He is involved with the activities of the Anthroposophical Society in London.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.25 × 8.5 in







August 2003






Temple Lodge Press


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