We will all die. Yet we don't talk about death and dying very much. Currently, and for the most part, a small group of people manage death for us behind closed doors. We are increasingly unlikely to know what options are available to us and those we care about. So, how can we prepare well? Are our collective and individual needs being met?
In the context of an increasingly aging and diversifying population, advances in technology and medical care, as well as increased social, economic and environmental challenges, Freerange Press is proud to announce the late September release of its timely publication, Death and Dying in New Zealand.
The inaugural edition of its Radical Futures series, which is focused on pressing future challenges, features a range of contributors, from Steve Braunias the writer, through to Marcus Elliott (coroner) and Dr Ruth McManus (death studies expert).
From tangihanga, DIY funerals and new technologies to funeral poverty, this book explores what a good death might mean today and aims to foster honest conversations about death and dying in New Zealand.
210 x 148mm portrait
B & W photographs
Essays, appendices (books for tough times, things to think about in preparation and do in response to the death of a loved one)
Catherine Moore (Auckland Cemeteries Manager) on land use in Auckland
Erin Harrington (University of Canterbury) on The Casketeers and death in popular culture
Guy Marriage (architect) on architecture for death and dying
Dr Janine Penfield Winters (palliative care doctor) on dying with dignity in modern health care system
Katie Williams (Kiwi Coffin Club) on making your own underground furniture
Kay Paku (funeral director) on tangi today
Dr Kiri Edge & Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora (University of Waikato) on bicultural grieving as a therapeutic framework
Lynda Hannah (Natural funeral guide) on natural and family led funerals
Marcus Elliott (coroner) on the work of a coroner
Melanie Mayell (deathwalker) on new approaches to death
Philippa Thompson & Polly Yeung (social workers) on funeral poverty
Dr Ruth McManus (University of Canterbury) on sustainable technology for body dissolution
Steve Braunias (journalist) on remembering and talking to the dead
Tricia Hendry (grief expert) on how we learn about death