Tom Attig’s book, Death, Dying and Bereavement in Contemporary Society explores the rituals, evolutions and traditions of how we handle death. He spoke about his work with Dr. Gloria Horsley of The Open to Hope Foundation during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling 2015 conference. Together with his co-author, Judy Stillion, they decided that there were “too many old foxes in the field” when it came to this industry, and it was time for a refresher course. Talking about death and grief is uncomfortable for many in numerous societies, but it shouldn’t be. After all, it’s inevitable.

The duo gathered a group of 25 professionals who, combined, had nearly 100 years of experience in the field of death, dying and grieving. By gaining as many perspectives and having as much expertise as possible, Attig set about re-defining how we think of death today. He wanted to capture what drew these experts to their niches and what they’ve learned and can share after years of research and experience.

Documenting Shifts

Attig asked the experts what changes are underway, what needs to be underway and what their hopes are for the future of the grief industry. The findings are detailed in his book, as well as his website of other writings. He continues to explore the shifts and changes over grief, and is excited about the opportunity to share his findings with his community and all readers.

Attig’s book is available on Amazon, at major bookstores or can be ordered directly from the publisher. It’s a welcome addition to anyone interested in the grieving process or who has lost a loved one.


Thomas Attig

Thomas Attig is the author of The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love and How We Grieve: Relearning the World, both with Oxford. He has written numerous articles and reviews on grief and loss, care of the dying, suicide intervention, death education, expert witnessing in wrongful death cases, the ethics of interactions with the dying, and the nature of applied philosophy. For details on these other writings, and on his speaking services, contact him at his homepage.

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