The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

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Christopher M. Moreman
Routledge Religion Companions
  • New York, NY: 
    , May
     612 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Bradley S. Clough forthcoming.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Christopher M. Moreman is associate professor and department chair of philosophy and religious studies at California State University, East Bay.

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