For over 25 years, David Maginley, M.Div, CSPC, supported those in cancer, palliative and intensive care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the author of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey, and survived cancer four times, which led to a profound near-death experience and explorations in consciousness and the connection of body, mind and spirit. With degrees in philosophy and as an ordained minister, David has a deep sense of purpose in supporting others in their spiritual journey. He knows what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed and has a sense of this life from both sides of the veil.
David is a certified specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, a minister with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and a member of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network, and the International Association for Near-Death Studies.
David now has a private practice, and presents internationally on living with cancer, existential distress, compassion fatigue, grief, bereavement, and spiritually transformative experiences. He is featured in the documentary series, When You Die, which explores life after death.
In addition to being an author, David is an avid photographer. His writing and images explore themes of mortality, compassion, resilience and hope.