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Recognizing Spiritual Needs in People who are Dying$
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Rachel Stanworth

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525110.001.0001

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Metaphors of letting go

Metaphors of letting go

(p.133) Chapter 9 Metaphors of letting go
Recognizing Spiritual Needs in People who are Dying

Rachel Stanworth

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses metaphors of letting go. It clarifies that equating the term ‘letting go’ only with subdued passivity or as providing a simple diametric to metaphors of control is a mistaken and superficial analysis. In fact, the metaphor of letting go can have exciting and almost invigorating qualities. Although it has little in common with control in terms of manipulation, it has much to do with ‘trusting to life’ and a sense of ultimate order.

Keywords:   letting go, control, manipulation, ultimate order, passivity

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