An Interdisciplinary Approach
Distributed for University of Wales Press
The discussion of death is at last being brought out into the open, while the care of the dying is seen to involve more than the traditional services of doctor and priest.
Facing Death brings together contributions from the law, philosophy, medicine, social work, theology and religious studies to discuss issues such as hospice care, the arguments for and against euthanasia, and religious hope for eternal life. There are also accounts of recent research into `near-death' experiences and into measuring the quality of human life.
This broad, interdisciplinary approach to death in contemporary society will have a special interest for a whole range of caring professions, but, beyond that, its interest is, of course universal.
Part I: Issues raised by Recent Advances in the Prolongation of Life
Intimations of mortality: some sociological considerations - Paul Ballard
Measuring the quality of life - Andrew Edgar
The law's impact - Mervyn Lynn
Ethical decision-making in palliative care: the clinical reality - Ilora Finlay
Pastoral care of the dying and bereaved - Heather Snidle
A theological examination of the case for euthanasia - Paul Badham
The case against euthanasia - Stephen Williams.
Part II: The Quest for Meaning and Purpose in Death
The near-death experience - Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick
The importance of death in shaping our understanding of life - Andrew Edgar
Life and death in the light of an eternal hope - Paul Badham
Dying and living: some contemporary philosophical considerations - John Daniel
“This book should appeal to a wide variety of readers and especially those who, on a daily basis, are asked to make ethical decisions in this area.” –Theology