Death and Social Policy in Challenging Times

  • Liam Foster
  • Kate Woodthorpe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction — Why Death Matters to Policy

    1. Liam Foster, Kate Woodthorpe
      Pages 1-14
  3. Managing the End of Life

  4. When Death Occurs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Liam Foster, Kate Woodthorpe
      Pages 73-90
    3. Christine Valentine, Linda Bauld
      Pages 110-128
  5. Beyond the Point of Death: The Aftermath

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 190-199

About this book


The study of death has the capacity to bring together a range of policy areas. Yet death is often overlooked within policy debates in the UK and beyond, and within gerontology. Bringing together a range of scholars engaged in policy associated with death, this collection provides a holistic account of how death factors in social policy. Within this, issues covered include inheritance, palliative care, euthanasia, funeral costs, bereavement support, marginalised deaths and disposal practices. At the heart of the book, the volume recognises that the issues identified are likely to intensify and expand over the next twenty years, as death rates continue to rise.


Death social policy inequality inheritance palliative care euthanasia funeral costs bereavement support marginalised deaths disposal practices end of life bereavement care social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Liam Foster
    • 1
  • Kate Woodthorpe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SheffieldUK
  2. 2.University of BathUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-55799-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48490-1
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