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Teaching Death and Dying$
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Christopher M Moreman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.001.0001

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 Why an Investigation of Paranormal Experience Should Be an Essential Component of a Course on Death

 Why an Investigation of Paranormal Experience Should Be an Essential Component of a Course on Death

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(p.261) 16 Why an Investigation of Paranormal Experience Should Be an Essential Component of a Course on Death
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Teaching Death and Dying
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L. Stafford Betty

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.003.0022

A good course on death does more than explore the way we die and grieve. It does more than show us how to prepare a living will or to decide whether physician-assisted suicide is ethical. It does more than survey the various religious views on death and afterlife or the philosophical arguments for or against survival of bodily death. A complete course will address the question of meaning. What is the meaning of death? The meaning of death hinges on the question of afterlife—as does the meaning of life. Do we survive death? If so, what do we survive into? There is no evidence more helpful in deciding how to answer these questions than that coming out of psychical research. This chapter looks at the most important of these evidences: near-death experiences, deathbed visions, studies of children who remember previous lives, and mediumistic accounts of the world beyond.

Keywords:   paranormal experience, religious experience, near-death experience, past-life memories, survival of bodily death, afterlife

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