Facing Death

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Edited by Paul Badham

Facing Death

Edited by Paul Badham

Distributed for University of Wales Press

198 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1996
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780708313312 Published March 1996 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

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

Review Quotes

“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

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