Beyond Silence and Denial: Death and Dying Reconsidered-Lucy Bregman

  • Title: Beyond Silence and Denial: Death and Dying Reconsidered
  • Author: Lucy Bregman
  • Released: 1999-03-01
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  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0664258026
  • ISBN13: 978-0664258023
  • ASIN: 0664258026


From Bregman's response to "a new language for death and dying and grief" was prompted by a seminary student's rhetorical question: "Once you've said that death is natural, what more is there to say?" She largely embraces the death-awareness and hospice movements that have articulated the new language, in which "death is natural" is a commonplace. But that commonplaceness raises questions about its meaning and challenges Christian traditions that have long devoted attention to the supernatural. To show how Christian thought has been transformed by the new language, Bregman first sketches the histories of Christian attitudes toward death and dying and of the death-awareness and hospice movements in the U.S. She then discusses the interrelationship of the three, incidentally considering American misappropriation of Freudian language. Convinced that Christianity has a stake in the death-awareness movement, she argues that a Christian contribution to the movement should be grounded in a theology of the Cross and resurrection. She may leave readers convinced that there is more to say and that saying it will be of lasting importance. Steven Schroeder

About the Author Lucy Bregman is Professor of Religion at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. pdf
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