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    Rachel comforted: spiritualism and the reconstruction of the body after death

    Bourke, Joanna (2007) Rachel comforted: spiritualism and the reconstruction of the body after death. In: Mitchell, M. (ed.) Remember Me. Constructing Immorality. Beliefs on Immorality, Life, and Death. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 61-62. ISBN 9780415954853.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Remember Me brings together contributors from around the world with unique insight on the ways in which one's relationship with loved ones continues, endures, and perhaps even grows after death. Much of the available literature speaks of healthy bereavement as letting go of the deceased and moving forward with life. This new text challenges that notion, discussing the meaning attributed to death and to the anticipation of death. The living, as presented in these innovative chapters, construct social entities of those who have died, via the carrying out of wishes in the Will; pursuing legal claims; or simply attributing certain desires, emotions, or choices to the deceased reconstitutes them as active, even vital, voices even after biological death. Just as life itself, the end of life and death is an interdisciplinary matter. A clear psychological theme and focus ties together these perspectives under three conceptual areas: the anticipation of death; the social life of the deceased and the legal embodiment of the deceased.

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