ISBN-13: 9780415118545 / Angielski / Miękka / 1994 / 240 str.
Frequent assertions that death is taboo can be seen as evidence of a revival of interest in dying and bereavement. Traditional religious discourse lacks plausibility, yet modern medical and bureaucratic discourse fails to tally with the personal experience of many dying and bereaved individuals. The current revival, while reinstating some traditional practices and retaining professional expertise, seeks ultimate authority elsewhere: in the individual self. The new death is personal, facilitated by palliative care, the life-centred funeral, and bereavement counselling.
Talking about death is now fashionable, but how should we talk? Who should we listen to - priests, doctors, cousellors, or ourselves? Has psychology replaced religion in telling us how to die? This provocative book takes a sociological look at the revival of interest in death, focusing on the hospice movement and bereavement counselling. It will be required reading for anyone interested in the sociology of death and caring for the dying, the dead or bereaved.