A Brief History of Death. Spellman, W. M. (2014)
A very interesting and educational read. Thoroughly provides background on human relation to death (ie, pre-history).
Then, in clear and thoughtful writing, elaborates anthropological, socio-cultural, religious, and psychological aspects of death. And delves into the medicalization and commercialization of death.
“On those quiet occasions when we are able to separate ourselves from the myriad distractions of the day, reflection on death helps us recalibrate our transitory appointment with life.”
“The wise man who has so ordered his life that its meaning is clear ‘will not hesitate to meet death with a firm step.'”
“Most days are filled with misplaced and unrealistic hopes for the future, but if we pause to reflect on the limited possibilities of our brief lives, we are prompted to exercise care and kindness in our dealings with friends and strangers alike.”
“When we die we make room for others to pursue the mystery on their own terms, on hopes better prepared, and perhaps even grateful for the fact of our having made a small contribution.”
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