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Prakash grew up in Glasgow and travelled overland to Australia when he heard an inner voice telling him to change his life. He started to work with people with AIDS who were dying at a time when it was a taboo subject and there was a lot of ignorance on how AIDS was transmitted. It was a time when there was little resource available to help people die in a conscious way. Prakash says, "Death was in the closet and only Stephen Levine and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross seemed to be talking about how to bring it out in the West." After a time Prakash became burnt out. One day three of his patients died and he had to take time out to recharge. In 2009 he had his own scare and was told he had 3 months to live. Despite all his work with dying people he realised that he himself was not yet prepared for his own death. The diagnosis turned out to be false, but the scare deepened his work. He talks us through the stages we all go through when faced with death and shares his vast experience he has gathered over the years. This is not an easy subject but one we all have to face at some point.
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