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Last landscapes. The architecture of the cemetery in the west
The book traces the history and design of burial places in Europe and the USA. It ranges from the traditional village churchyard through to tightly packed ‘cities of the dead', such as the Jewish Cemetery in Prague and Pere Lachaise in Paris. Other places described are: the war cemeteries of France, Swedish Viking burial islands, Etruscan tombs, early Christian catacombs, the Portuguese Jewish cemetery ‘Beth Haim' in the Nederlands', and California’s Forest Lawns. It suggests that fewer architectural responses are now made because of the growing popularity for cremation. Thus, the lack of a body in its final resting place leads to less grave visiting and pilgrimage. This book will interest everyone wanting to know more about the history of burials.
Palliative care in Ireland
This book describes the history and development of palliative care services in the Republic of Ireland. Exploring what is different about Irish palliative care, this book considers the cultural, religious and social factors particular to modern Ireland. Traditionally, hospices have been Catholic, geared to the spiritual wellbeing of those who profess that faith, with chaplains and celebration of the sacraments. Today’s hospices have to meet the needs of people of that faith, all faiths and none. This book is essential reading for those in emerging services worldwide where local and national influences determine the uniqueness of a particular model of service delivery.
Dying for the gods. Human sacrifice in Iron Age & Roman Europe
Sacrifice, like death, is one of the great taboos of modern society. The notion that human sacrifice and even cannibalism could be considered a most holy act is almost inconceivable but this is the challenge of this original, but disturbing, book. It explains the nature of sacrifice in antiquity – its central role in the relationship between earthworld and Otherworld – and looks in detail at different aspects of the subject: the notion of flesh for the gods; rites of fire and blood; the significance of de-fleshing heads and skulls; suffocation, whether by drowning, strangling or burying alive; the selection of victims, and the evidence for the sacrifice of children.
Miranda Aldhouse Green
Palliative care for South Asians: Muslims, Hindus & Sikhs
Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs represent the largest groups in the Indian subcontinent and Britain. For the majority of them, religion continues to play an important role in defining their identity at times of death and bereavement. The authors want an understanding of this group’s attitudes to death to be at the core of their palliative care, in order to develop an understanding of how South Asian people could be better treated at the end of their lives. The book considers: food, hygiene, gender issues, sects and castes, holy days, prayer, good and bad deaths, time of death, death rites, organ transplantation, cremation and burial, post-mortems, and beliefs about death and the afterlife
Rashid Gatrad et al (eds)
Easeful death. Is there a case for assisted dying?
There continues to be public debates about the choices for terminally ill patients - who often face terrible suffering towards the end of their lives - as well as those of their carers. Drawing on experience in Belgium, the Netherlands and Oregon in the USA, where either euthanasia or assisted dying have been legalized, the authors explore the philosophical and ethical views on both sides of the debate and examine how different legislative proposals would affect different members of society. They describe the practical, medical processes of palliative care; self-denial of food and water; psychiatric assisted suicide; neonates and adults without capacity; and the fundamental belief in the sacredness of human life
The archaeology of death and burial
The archaeology of death and burial is central to our attempts to understand vanished societies. Through the remains of funerary rituals, the book shows that we can learn not only the attitudes of prehistoric people to death and the afterlife, but also about their way of life, their social organisation and their view of the world. This book reviews the latest research in this huge and important field, and describes the sometimes controversial interpretations that have led to rapid advances in our understanding of life and death in the distant past. It considers the discovery of the Ice man, the significance of grave goods, and the contemporary importance of reburial of bodies in their original homeland. Readers interested in prehistoric burial will find this book very useful.
Mike Parker Pearson