Introduction During the last few years, the relationships between work, life, and death have become central to my thinking and writing. This obviously has to do with the fact that I am no longer a young man. I have, as c. G. Jung once put it, reached the noon of my life and am beginning now to face its afternoon. Particularly for men, this is a point in time which provides opportunity to contemplate the realities of one's inner and outer world (cf. Jaques 1970). Metaphorically the question is: 'now that I have raised a son, planted a tree and built a house what do I expect from the remainder of life?'