Deaths Summer Coat: What the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living
By: Brandy Schillace
“Vivid, scholarly, enthralling and surprisingly touching, Death’s Summer Coat is skilfully stitched together.” — Rupert Callender, editor of The Natural Death Handbook
A new conversation is starting on this most universal of topics. But to know where we are heading, we need to know where we have come from… Death is the one subject we will all confront; it touches our families, our homes, our hearts. And yet we have grown used to denying its existence, treating it as an enemy to be beaten back with medical advances.
What led us to this point – what drove us to sanitize death and make it foreign and unfamiliar? In Death’s Summer Coat Brandy Schillace explores our past to examine what it might mean for our future. From Victorian Britain to contemporary Cambodia, forgotten customs and modern-day rituals, we learn about the incredibly diverse – and sometimes just incredible – ways in which humans have dealt with mortality in different times and places. Today, as we begin to talk about mortality, there are difficult questions to face.
What does it mean to have a ‘good death’? What should a funeral do? As Schillace shows, talking about death and the rituals associated with it can help to provide answers. It also brings us closer together. And conversation and community are just as important for living as for dying.
Vivid, scholarly, enthralling and surprisingly touching, Death’s Summer Coat is skilfully stitched together
- Rupert Callender, editor of The Natural Death Handbook
A lively, panoramic view of our approach to death and dying that asks essential questions, and offers important insights, into the inevitable
- Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces