Philip Gould, political consultant and close friend of Tony Blair, who died of cancer of the oesophagus in 2011, experienced a profound "intensity of life" in his final days.
Ahead of the publication of her father's memoirs, in which he described the last months of his struggle with cancer, his daughter Georgia Gould described how he perceived his death as being a time of "profound growth and transformation".
"I thought of death as a time of real decline.... and I was terrified but he found so much meaning in the experience."
Professor Mike Griffin of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle said that Philip Gould's attitude to his imminent death was "quite extraordinary" and he faced his death with "stoicism".
"He could get on with anybody - it really was the secret of his success."
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