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ISBN 9781138852075
Published May 25, 2017 by Routledge
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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

List of Contributors



Introduction – Christopher M. Moreman



Section 1: Religious Approaches to Death and the Afterlife



1. Catholic Views of the Afterlife – Diana Walsh Pasulka



2. Protestant Views of the Afterlife – Mark S. Sweetnam



3. Mormon Views of the Afterlife – Daniel Belnap



4. Christian Funerary Traditions – Thomas G. Long



5. Jewish Views of the Afterlife – Dan Cohn-Sherbok



6. Jewish Funeral and Mourning Practices – Vanessa L. Ochs



7. Muslim Views of the Afterlife – David Cook



8. Funerary Culture in Islam – Amila Buturovic



9. Zoroastrian Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Almut Hintze



10. Sikh Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Arvind-Pal S. Mandair



11. Hindu Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – T. S. Rukmani



12. Jaina Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Peter Flügel



13. Theravāda Buddhist Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Rachelle M. Scott



14. Tibetan Buddhist Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Matthew T. Kapstein



15. Shinto and Death: From Cultural Roots to Contemporary Thought – Stuart D. B. Picken



16. Early Chinese Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Mu-chou Poo



17. Contemporary Daoist Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices – Adeline Herrou



18. North American Indigenous Afterlife Beliefs – Joseph A. P. Wilson





19. African Afterlife Beliefs – Zayin Cabot



20. Overcoming Death in New Religious Movements – Susan J. Palmer



21. Afterlife Beliefs in the Spiritualist Movement – Walter Meyer zu Erpen



22. Death and the Afterlife in the Raëlian Religion – Erik A. W. Östling & James R. Lewis



Section 2: General Beliefs and Practices



23. Heavens and Hells – Eileen Gardiner



24. Reincarnation – James A. Santucci



25. Mysticism – Thomas Quartier



26. The American Cemetery – Albert N. Hamscher



27. Cremation – Douglas J. Davies



28. Mummification – Heather Gill-Frerking



29. Digital Memorial – Candi K. Cann



Section 3: Liminal States and Liminal Beings



30. Near-Death Experiences – Gregory Shushan



31. Past-life Memories – Jim B. Tucker



32. Ghosts – Owen Davies



33. Angels – John Charles Arnold & Tony Walter



34. The Undead: Vampires and Zombies – John Edgar Browning



35. Animals – Barbara R. Ambros & Laura Hobgood



36. Organ Donation and Spirit Possession – Lesley A. Sharp



Section 4: On Dying



37. Defining Medical Death – James L. Bernat



38. The Death Awareness Movement – Lucy Bregman



39. Conceptual Approaches to Understanding the Dying Process – Kenneth J. Doka





40. The Cross-Cultural Study of Grief – Dennis Klass





41. A "Good Death" in Hospice Palliative Care – Harold Coward & Elizabeth Causton



42. Assisted Dying – Paul Badham



Section 5: Additional Ethical Considerations



43. Suicide: Psychopathology, Existential Choice, or Religious/Cultural Influences – Mark M. Leach & Frederick T. L. Leong





44. Martyrdom – Paul Middleton



45. The Psychology of Mass Murder and Serial Killing – Katherine Ramsland



46. Abortion – Daniel C. Maguire



47. Intellectual Disability and the End of Life

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Biography

Christopher M. Moreman is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at California State University, East Bay, USA.