Introduction; What's the problem?; Good to talk?; A better way to die?; What are professionals good at?; Why hold a funeral?; How to dispose of bodies?; How to mourn?; Distance & the digital: how to connect?; Pervasive death.
Tony Walter is a sociologist who writes, lectures and consults on death and society. He was director of the University of Bath's Centre for Death & Society where he is now an honorary professor. His books include Basic Income (1988), Funerals - and how to improve them (1990), Pilgrimage in Popular Culture (1993), The Revival of Death (1994), On Bereavement: the culture of grief (1999) and Social Death (2016).
"In this new work, Walter's encyclopaedic and critical gaze has
produced another volume of analysis to be reckoned with." Allan
Kellehear, University of Bradford
"Tony Walter brings scholarship and personal experience to this work, resulting in a book which offers a thought provoking read, suitable for both general readers and those with specialist knowledge." Glenys Caswell, University of Nottingham
"Tony Walter's intelligent and fascinating analysis of dying, disposal and our continuing relationship with the dead will make us all think again." Colin Murray Parkes, President of Cruse Bereavement Care
"An essential read...accessible, informative and critical, this pithy book challenges scholars and general readers alike to interrogate popular ideas about contemporary death and dying." Julie Ellis, University of Sheffield
"...an insightful and erudite exploration of death and dying, in a manner accessible to a general readership or those with a more specialist background... a strength of the text is how it incorporates a necessarily broad and holistic understanding of society's approach to death and dying... an engaging and thoughtful exploration of contemporary Western attitudes towards death and dying." Mortality