Death is a certainty that affects us all, and that every human being has to face.
More is known about human death than many people realise. A growing number of people have felt themselves to be on the brink of death, and having 'an out-of-body experience'. Some of these people feel they have actually chosen to come `back to life' after hours on the operating table.
The spiritual insight of Rudolf Steiner shows distinct stages in existence after death. Above all there is the central Christian mystery of death, the full significance of which has certainly not yet been grasped by human thinking and which will only reveal itself as that thinking becomes increasingly more spiritual.
Stanley Drake was born in 1906. Educated at Tonbridge School, he studied accountancy. While working as an accountant in London he met a number of religious groups including The Christian Community which impressed him through its profound thinking about Christianity, and led him to ordination in 1939. From 1952 until his death in 1986 he worked as a priest in Forest Row, Sussex.