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1 Introduction to Volume I The contemporary milieu and a personal reflection on methodology The contemporary shift The shape of the book 2 Ritual Blunder What are funerals supposed to do? The gap between expectation and performance Theological framework Ritual community Conclusion 3 Medicine and the Law What is death? The medical definition: failure and limitation The arena of death: home and hospital The medical and legal interface Bland v Airedale NHS Trust 4 The End of Life Hoffmann's dilemma I think not, therefore I am not? The future of the soul: bios and zoe 5 Death in the Community The social nature of death The psychology of bereavement: a critique of "back to normal" Social anthropology and death: rites of passage The ritual community of death: gathering for the funeral 6 The Human in Christ Introduction Personal anthropology: nephesh, death and resurrection Jesus as normative Holy Saturday and the descent to the dead Christ the representative: the Paschal Mystery and human death Conclusion 7 A Passage from Death to Life Introduction The liturgical agenda Good Friday and separation Holy Saturday and transition Easter Day and incorporation Eschatology Back to the funeral Conclusion 8 Past and Present Introduction The historical beginnings of Christian funerals Post-apostolic developments Developments in the East The medieval West The Reformation 1662 and beyond Conclusion 9 Conclusion Three funerals The funeral: an act of worship The funeral: a rite of passage The funeral: a family occasion The funeral: public grief and gesture The funeral: retrospective or prospective? Envoi Select Bibliography of Non-liturgical Texts Index of Scripture Passages Index of Names General IndexLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Funeral service, Death Religious aspects Christianity