The authoress discusses the thanatological trends in current culture (mainly literature but also films and drama) which break the taboo surrounding death. The first part of the article describes the current approach to death. The second part presents - in her opinion - the new trends. These cover the following areas - descriptions of experiences of clinical death; the far-eastern attitudes to death; psychotherapeutic death; the diary of dying; the euthanasia debate.
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