How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife

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The third edition of “How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife,” skillfully edited by Dr. Christopher Jay Johnson, Ph.D., continues the tradition of excellence established by its predecessors. This comprehensive volume offers readers an invaluable resource for understanding the diverse perspectives on the profound and often complex subjects of death and the afterlife.

Building upon the success of the previous editions, this new release has been fully revised, updated, and expanded to include four new chapters. Its aim remains steadfast: to provide a clear, concise, and comparative overview of the teachings and beliefs surrounding death from the world’s largest and fastest-growing religions, with a focus on North America.

Unlike many books exploring religious beliefs, this edition takes a refreshingly objective and non-proselytizing approach. Each chapter is thoughtfully crafted by a different expert or scholar, each internationally recognized as an authority in their respective faith. This ensures that readers receive an unbiased and well-informed view of each religion’s perspective on death and the afterlife.

Who Will Benefit from This Book:

This book is an indispensable resource for a wide range of professionals and individuals seeking a deeper understanding of these critical aspects of human existence:
  • Hospice Workers: Gain insights into the beliefs of patients from various faiths, enhancing your ability to provide sensitive end-of-life care.
  • Palliative Care Personnel: Enhance your skills in addressing the spiritual needs of patients during their final journey.
  • Funeral Home Directors: Access specific guidance on funeral, burial, and grieving practices associated with each religion.
  • Clergy and Chaplains: Expand your knowledge of the diverse beliefs and practices within your communities.
  • Social Workers and Counselors: Develop a more profound understanding of your clients’ belief systems to offer more effective support.
  • Gerontologists: Deepen your insights into the spiritual dimensions of aging and end-of-life care.
  • Teachers and Students of Comparative Religion: Explore diverse religious perspectives on death and the afterlife in an accessible, comparative format.

The contributors to this book offer their expertise objectively, avoiding overwhelming theological language. As beliefs about death and the afterlife profoundly impact one’s approach to life itself, “How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife” encourages a quest for greater understanding of these subjects, fostering empathy, respect, and dialogue among individuals of all faiths.

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