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By Douglas Davies

ISBN-10: 1405101822

ISBN-13: 9781405101820

Акт самой смерти и ритуалы окружающие ее чрезвычайно различны и проливают свет на культуры, частью которых они являются. В этой краткой и живой истории Дуглас Дэйвис - международно признанный ведущим экспертом в этой области - рассматривает некоторые из самых существенных аспектов смерти и складывает их в незабываемую историю наших отношений к смерти.Темы книги: Смерть - психологические аспекты; Смерть - религиозные аспекты; Смерть - социальные аспекты; Смерть в искусстве

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Often it is the importance of the quality of time for relationships with others that now dawns on them; indeed, the very idea of ‘quality time’ and the ‘quality of life’ is thrown into sharp relief by death or the threat of death. The interconnectedness of identity, work and relationships makes it possible to speak of the loss of a wide variety of ‘things’ as a kind of ‘bereavement’. Enforced unemployment, along with some kinds of divorce following the ‘death’ of a marriage, has led some to liken these experiences to grief reactions (Burns 1989).

The same cannot be said over the death of a young child or adult when severe illness or accident is deemed untimely and unfair. In some such cases it is God or the ultimate nature of life that is questioned. The wider religious and social expectations of people change over time as far as the ‘fairness’ of death is concerned but, certainly, the social or moral explanations – or the lack of them – may take their toll of individual well-being. Spiritualism When human well-being is disturbed by death, and a person finds it very hard to part with their relative, one option taken by some is to seek to contact the dead.

Philippe Ariès is one of the best known and his analysis of death in European societies took the form of broad brush strokes, starting with death viewed as something natural and inevitable; this he described as ‘tame death’. Then, from the twelfth century he refers to a long period when death became more individual before, in the eighteenth century, we became increasingly interested in the death of other people rather than of ourselves. As for the twentieth century, he saw that as a time when death became something ‘unnameable’ (1974).

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