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Death's summer coat: what the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living

Death's summer coat: what the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living

Schillace, Brandy, author

Consideration of death and dying is back in the public forum. People are sipping tea at Death Cafes, attending Death Salons and visiting exhibitions such as Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection. Death's Summer Coat addresses this surge of interest by providing a compelling crossover narrative: of interest to a general audience but also to those who are grieving. How can we approach death in a culture dead-set against talking about mortality? Written with humour and humanity, this is an informed and up-to-date work that uses personal narrative and photography, science, history and literature to explore the incredibly diverse - and sometimes just incredible - ways in which humans have dealt with mortality in different times and places. Topics include: how we conceive of death; death and the departed across the globe; the language of death and why it matters; the Victorians; medical science and preservation; death and medical care; and modern-day rituals. Some of the stories are strikingly unfamiliar; others are far more familiar than you might suppose. But all reveal a lot about the present - and about ourselves

Hardback, Book. English.
Published London: Elliott and Thompson Limited, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: Brandy Schillace
ISBN: 178396040X, 9781783960408
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 266 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm
Subject: Thanatology; Attitude to Death

Author note

Brandy Schillace writes about the history of science and the intersections of medicine and literature. She is the managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry as well as research associate and guest curator for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History in Ohio. She teaches at Case Western University as well as writing for the Huffington Post and managing the Fiction Reboot and Daily Dose blogs.