Every day Dr Rachel Clarke tries to bring care and comfort to those reaching the end of their lives. Rachel's training was put to the test when her beloved father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection. In a hospice there is more of what matters in life - more love, more strength, more kindness, more tenderness, more compassion - than you could ever imagine. For if there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us, it is simply this: that the terminally ill know their time is running out, while we live as though we have all the time in the world.