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Applying a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of death and dying, this book is a collection of originally written introductions, primary readings, study questions, small group exercises, relevant website links and suggestions for further research. It gathers together current and classical statements on death and dying from religious, philosophical, psychological, ethical, and practical perspectives. Specific chapter discussions cover heaven, hell, near-death experiences, communicating with the dead, euthanasia, capital punishment, suicide, the five responses to dying, coping with grief, preparing for death spiritually, and much more. For individuals wishing to educate themselves on death and dying, by small group study leaders (in churches, e.g.) to facilitate discussion on topics related to death, and by hospital administrators responsible for educating staff on palliative and end-of-life care.