What the major religious traditions have to say about death and dying

Staring Death Down  -   A review of Buddhist teacher Larry Rosenberg's new book explores the liberation to be found in confronting death.
By Amy P. Gross

Archbishop Says Funerals About God, Not the Dead  -   Irish Catholic leaders call for stricter enforcement of the church's ban on eulogies at funeral mass.

Waiting in Joyful Hope
Preparations for a Greek Orthodox memorial service prompt thoughts of death, birth, and rebirth.
By Mary Sawyer

Rituals for the Dying  -   The Catholic sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
By Mary Gordon

Prodigal Grief  -   A bereaved father finds comfort in the parable of the Prodigal Son.
By Richard Wile

The Trivialization of Death  -   In our death-averse society, we can miss the significance of human loss--and of the Christian promise of resurrection.
By Lilian Callas Barger

The Essence of a Protestant Funeral  -   The memorial service as an affirmation of faith.
By Reverend Campbell Gillon

Is Anybody Listening?  -   How directly does God answer prayer? And why do some prayers go unanswered?
By Rabbi David Wolpe

Dede Korkut and the Angel of Death  -   In this Sufi tale, true love saves a soul.
By Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Making Loss Matter  -   Finding meaning in life's difficult moments
By Rabbi David Wolpe

Walking in the Shadow of Death  -   Dwelling on death isn't neurotic; it's profoundly healthy.
By Thomas Moore

A Buddhist Meditation on Death  -   Discover the true meaning of life through awareness of death.
By Philip Kapleau

Dancing With the Dead  -   Music from death rituals around the world.
By Brad MacDonald

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