Sebastian Junger – In My Time of Dying | How To Academy

























































		
	  

Wed, 5 June 2024

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm BST

Sebastian Junger – In My Time of Dying

Live on Stage in London

The award winning war reporter and bestselling author of Tribe and The Perfect Storm shares his near death experience and the profound existential reckoning that followed.

How do we begin to process the brutal fact that any of us might perish unexpectedly on what begins as an ordinary day? How do we grapple with phenomena that science may be unable to explain? And what happens to a person, emotionally and spiritually, when forced to reckon with such existential questions?

For years as an award-winning war reporter, Sebastian Junger travelled to many front lines and frequently put his life at risk. And yet the closest he ever came to death was the summer of 2020 while spending a quiet afternoon at the New England home he shared with his wife and two young children. Crippled by abdominal pain, Junger was rushed to the hospital by ambulance. Once there, he began slipping away.

As blackness encroached, he was visited by his dead father, inviting Junger to join him. “It’s okay,” his father said. “There’s nothing to be scared of. I’ll take care of you.” That was the last thing Junger remembered until he came to the next day when he was told he had suffered a ruptured aneurysm that he should not have survived.

This experience spurred Junger—a confirmed atheist raised by his physicist father to respect the empirical—to undertake a scientific, philosophical, and deeply personal examination of mortality and what happens after we die. Join us as Sebastian shares his journey.

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Sebastian Junger

War Reporter and Bestselling Author

Sebastian Junger is the bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and a SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York.