Dying and Death


Welcome to the Making Sense of: Dying and Death interdisciplinary research and publications project home page. The project is an exciting opportunity to engage in creative and innovative inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research dialogues which seek to examining the links between living and dying, and some of the contradictions and paradoxes which arise that we appear to accept without question.

Areas of interest will focus on different kinds of dying and death, the experience of carers and care workers, the changing role of medicine, palliative care, the work of the hospice movement, the work of the funeral industry, and the nature of grief and mourning. Interest will also focus on philosophical, ethical, and legal issues which surround the processes of dying and death, the role of religion, and the diverse range of historical, social, and cultural perspectives and practices.

The project will engage with and explore a number of core themes;

  • contradictions and paradoxes
  • dealing with and responding to different kinds of death and dying
  • technology, dying and death; the impact of advances in medical technology
  • Institutions, dying and death
  • legal issues in dying and death
  • philosophical and ethical issues in dying and death
  • the management of dying and death
  • who deals with bereavement?
  • religious issues
  • the representation of dying and death in media

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.