Changing European Death Ways.
Changing European Death Ways
Edited by Eric Venbrux, Thomas Quartier, Claudia Venhorst, and Brenda Mathijssen
Death Studies: Nijmegen Studies in Thanatology; Volume 1
A group of thanatology, religion, and other scholars from Europe provide 12 chapters based on papers given at the Death, Dying, and Disposal conference in the Netherlands that consider these issues in Europe. They discuss conceptual aspects such as funerary practices as a human phenomenon, ethical debates about euthanasia, reflecting on dead bodies, and a cultural historical paradigm for reflecting on deathbed prayers; national case studies of Italian graveyards, the cremation movement in Czech countries, sepulchral culture in East Germany, and changing death rituals in Denmark; and religious investigations of practices characterizing different forms of death, dying, and disposal, including changing Catholic funerals in the Netherlands, the role of pastors and relatives at Dutch Christian funerals, the position of death in Buddhism, and Muslim perceptions of life and death. Distributed in the US by ISBS. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)