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  • Christian Mummificationby Ken Jeremiah

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2012; US$ 45.00

    A mention of mummification immediately brings to mind the ancient Egyptians--but the Roman Catholic Church has long used the practice to preserve notable members of its faith. In Italy alone, more than 300 preserved bodies appear on display in churches and cathedrals--the mummified remains of saints, priests, martyrs, and other high-ranking Roman Catholic... more...

  • Blue Juiceby Patricia Morris

    Temple University Press 2012; US$ 31.95

    Offering a candid behind-the-scenes look at small-animal veterinary practices, Blue Juice explores the emotional and ethical conflicts involved in providing a "good death" for companion animals. Patricia Morris presents a nuanced ethnographic account of how veterinarians manage patient care and client relations when their responsibility shifts... more...

  • Prayers for Bobbyby Leroy Aarons

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life. Prayers for Bobby , nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But... more...

  • It?s Not Because I Want to Dieby Debbie Purdy

    HarperCollins Publishers 2010; Not Available

    Debbie Purdy doesn't want to die. She has far too much to live for. But when the time comes, and the pain is so unbearable that she cannot go on, she wants her husband to be by her side, holding her hand until the end; and she wants to know that he won't be arrested. more...

  • When I Dieby Philip Gould

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 15.74

    Written during the last few months of Philip Gould's life, this is a hugely inspiring and ultimately uplifting look at his 'lessons from the death zone' more...

  • Dion Fortune's Book of the Deadby Dion Fortune

    Red Wheel Weiser 2005; US$ 9.95

    This handbook helps the living assist the dying at the time of death. It teaches that the living must, first and foremost, understand the process that the soul goes through before they can help the spirit in its transition. Dion Fortune's Book of the Dead is a clear, concise, illuminating guide that explains the stages in the natural process of... more...

  • The Endby Bianca Nogrady

    Random House Australia 2013; US$ 14.31

    A fascinating exploration of the universal human experience of death. We sat around and on the bed, laughing and joking as if this was a typical family gathering. The shrunken form of our dying grandmother lay on the bed, breathing fast and shallow, her once-bright eyes half closed and sunken in their sockets. To some it might have seemed disrespectful... more...

  • In the Slender Marginby Eve Joseph

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 17.99

    Part memoir, part meditation on death itself, In the Slender Margin is an exploration of death from an ?insider?s? point of view. Using the threads of her brother?s early death and her twenty years of work at a hospice, Joseph utilizes history, religion, philosophy, literature, personal anecdote, mythology, poetry and pop culture to discern the... more...

  • Funeral Rightsby Robert Larkins

    Penguin Group Australia 2007; Not Available

    How can a funeral director charge $700 for a chipboard coffin worth only $80? Why are there moves afoot to re-use graves in cemeteries? Can we choose to be buried in a cardboard coffin? Australia's 'death-care' industry is worth a staggering $700 million a year, and despite the fact that each of us will one day have to deal with those in the 'dismal... more...

  • April Fool's Dayby Bryce Courtenay

    Penguin Group Australia 2006; Not Available

    In the end, love is more important than everything and it will conquer and overcome anything. Or that's how Damon saw it, anyway. Damon wanted a book that talked a lot about love. Damon Courtenay died on the morning of April Fool's Day. In this tribute to his son, Bryce Courtenay lays bare the suffering behind this young man's life. Damon's story... more...