Gary Laderman In addition to all these peculiar and profound circumstances, I also watched and assisted in my dad’s death while teaching “Death and Dying” in the spring of 2021, simultaneously professing about data and history and comparisons to students, while learning in the real world that I know nothing, that I am a child in a world of wonders and mystery, and misery.
Gary Laderman Elaine Penagos Many of us looked forward to each class session and thought about it when we weren’t together synchronously, and there were, we think, even moments of collective effervescence that broke down the artificiality of virtual teaching, and that would have surely aroused Durkheim’s curiosity.
Gary Laderman A few weeks out, my new mantra is “this too shall pass.”
Gary Laderman This book attempts to explain why I study death and to recall how I got to, and stuck with, the topic.
Gary Laderman Religion is always mostly about material bodies.
Gary Laderman The national body politic is dead, another corpse that, perhaps in this case, doesn’t deserve a public ceremony but instead is rotting publicly before our very eyes.
Gary Laderman Where will Americans put their faith in this unprecedented time of crisis?
Gary Laderman Sadly, human history is full of examples of “mass death,” often tied to war and disease, that are usually pivotal periods for living communities.