On Our Way
The Final Passage Through Life and Death
By (author) Robert Kastenbaum
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On Our Way by Robert Kastenbaum
Book DescriptionHow do our ideas about dying influence the way we live? Life has often been envisioned as a journey, the river of time carrying us inexorably toward the unknown country - and in our day we increasingly turn to myth and magic, ritual and virtual reality, cloning and cryostasis in the hope of eluding the reality of the inevitable end. In this book a preeminent and eminently wise writer on death and dying proposes a new way of understanding our last transition. A fresh exploration of the final passage through life and perhaps through death, his work deftly interweaves historical and contemporary experiences and reflections to demonstrate that we are always on our way. Drawing on a remarkable range of observations - from psychology, anthropology, religion, biology, and personal experience - Robert Kastenbaum re-envisions life's forward-looking progress, from early-childhood bedtime rituals to the many small rehearsals we stage for our final separation. Along the way he illuminates such moments and ideas as becoming a 'corpsed person', going down to earth or up in flames, respecting or abusing (and eating) the dead, coping with 'too many dead', conceiving and achieving a 'good death', undertaking the journey of the dead, and learning to live through the scrimmage of daily life fully knowing that Eternity does not really come in a designer flask. Profound, insightful, often moving, this look at death as many cultures await it or approach it enriches our understanding of life as a never-ending passage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520218802
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Kastenbaum
Guide to Humanistic Studies in Aging, Hardback (June 2010)
This comprehensive guide works at the nexus of the humanities and health professions to provide the intellectual rationale, history, and a substantive overview of humanistic gerontology as it has emerged in the United States and Europe.
Psychology of Death, Paperback (July 2006)» View all books by Robert Kastenbaum
Examining issues of dying and the ways in which we shape and reshape our conceptions of death, this third edition contains chapters on how we construct death; death in adolescence and adulthood including discussion on suicide, physician assisted death and Regret Theory and Denial; Terror Management Theory, and Edge Theory; and more.
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Author Biography - Robert Kastenbaum
Robert Kastenbaum is Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University. He is the author of many works, including The Psychology of Death (now in its third edition, 2001), Death, Society, and Human Experience (now in its eighth edition, 2004), and Dorian, Graying: Is Youth the Only Thing Worth Having? (1995).
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