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The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

Edited by: Christopher M. Moreman

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138852075
eBook ISBN: 9781315723747
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315723747
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Few issues apply universally to people as poignantly as death and dying. All religions address concerns with death from the handling of human remains, to defining death, to suggesting what happens after life. The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying provides readers with an overview of the study of death and dying. Questions of death, mortality, and more recently of end-of-life care, have long been important ones and scholars from a range of fields have approached the topic in a number of ways. Comprising over fifty-two chapters from a team of international contributors, the companion covers:

  • funerary and mourning practices;
  • concepts of the afterlife;
  • psychical issues associated with death and dying;
  • clinical and ethical issues;
  • philosophical issues;
  • death and dying as represented in popular culture.

This comprehensive collection of essays will bring together perspectives from fields as diverse as history, philosophy, literature, psychology, archaeology and religious studies, while including various religious traditions, including established religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism as well as new or less widely known traditions such as the Spiritualist Movement, the Church of Latter Day Saints, and Raëlianism. The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, philosophy and literature.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Catholic views of the afterlife Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Protestant views of the afterlife Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Mormon afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Christian funerary traditions Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Jewish views of the afterlife Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Jewish funeral and mourning practices Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Muslim views of the afterlife Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Funerary culture in Islam Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Zoroastrian afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Sikh afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Hindu afterlife beliefs and funerary practice Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Jaina afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Theravāda Buddhist afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Tibetan Buddhist afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Shinto and death Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Early Chinese afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Contemporary Daoist afterlife beliefs and funerary practices Download PDF
Chapter  18:  North American indigenous afterlife beliefs Download PDF
Chapter  19:  African afterlife beliefs Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Overcoming death in new religious movements Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Afterlife beliefs in the Spiritualist movement Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Death and the afterlife in the Raëlian religion Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Heavens and hells Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Reincarnation Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Mysticism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The American cemetery Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Cremation Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Mummification Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Digital memorials Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Near-death experiences Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Past-life memories Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Ghosts Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Angels Download PDF
Chapter  34:  The undead Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Animals Download PDF
Chapter  36:  The talking dead in organ donation and spirit possession Download PDF
Chapter  37:  Defining death Download PDF
Chapter  38:  The Death Awareness Movement Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Conceptual approaches to understanding the dying process  Download PDF
Chapter  40:  The cross-cultural study of grief Download PDF
Chapter  41:  A “good death” in hospice palliative care Download PDF
Chapter  42:  Assisted Dying Download PDF
Chapter  43:  Suicide Download PDF
Chapter  44:  Martyrdom Download PDF
Chapter  45:  The psychology of mass murder and serial killing Download PDF
Chapter  46:  Abortion Download PDF
Chapter  47:  Intellectual disability and the end of life Download PDF
Chapter  48:  Epidemic Download PDF
Chapter  49:  Philosophical perspectives Download PDF
Chapter  50:  Anthropology and death Download PDF
Chapter  51:  Mortuary archaeology Download PDF
Chapter  52:  Death in Western art and literature Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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