Synopses & Reviews
"At once scholarly but also infused with personal narrative, has something to offer everyone." Paul Koudounaris, author of HEAVENLY BODIES and THE EMPIRE OF DEATH
"A lively, panoramic view of our approach to death and dying that asks essential questions, and offers important insights, into the inevitable." Bess Lovejoy, author of REST IN PIECES
"Vivid, scholarly, enthralling, and surprisingly touching, is skillfully stitched together." Rupert Callender, editor of THE NATURAL DEATH HANDBOOK
In the tradition of , Brandy Schillace looks at what we can learn from the incredibly diverse ways in which humans have dealt with mortality in different times and places
Death is something we all confront it touches our families, our homes, our hearts. And yet we have grown used to denying its existence, treating it as an enemy to be beaten back with medical advances.
We are living at a unique point in human history. People are living longer than ever, yet the longer we live, the more taboo and alien our mortality becomes. Yet we, and our loved ones, still remain mortal. People today still struggle with this fact, as we have done throughout our entire history. What led us to this point? What drove us to sanitize death and make it foreign and unfamiliar?
Schillace shows how talking about death, and the rituals associated with it, can help provide answers. It also brings us closer together conversation and community are just as important for living as for dying. Some of the stories are strikingly unfamiliar; others are far more familiar than you might suppose. But all reveal much about the present and about ourselves.
About the Author
Dr. Brandy Schillace writes about culture, the history of medicine, and the intersections of medicine and literature. She is the Managing Editor of the international health journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry and teaches at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.