Table of contents for Death liturgy and ritual / Paul P.J. Sheppy.

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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

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
      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


7   A Passage from Death to Life
      The liturgical agenda
      Good Friday and separation Holy Saturday and transition Easter Day and incorporation
      Back to the funeral

8   Past and Present
      The historical beginnings of Christian funerals
      Post-apostolic developments
      Developments in the East
      The medieval West
      The Reformation 1662 and beyond

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?

Select Bibliography of Non-liturgical Texts 
Index of Scripture Passages 
Index of Names 
General Index


Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Funeral service, Death Religious aspects Christianity