Fear of the Unknown: Enlightened Aid-in-Dying

By Arthur S. Berger; Joyce Berger | Go to book overview

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Reincarnation

Reincarnation is the

belief that each human being consists of a physical body and a spiritual or psychic component; that, after the death of the physical body, the spiritual or psychic component may persist for a time in an incorporeal state; and that, following this interval, it will be reborn in the physical body of a human being (in Hindu and Buddhist belief according to its Karma [a moral law of causation, a reaping in the future of what has been sown in the past]). ( Berger and Berger 1991:353)

The belief in reincarnation seems to be as old as mankind. The Neanderthals buried their dead in the fetal position so that they would be ready for rebirth. Reincarnation is of course central to Hinduism and Buddhism; it is also accepted by Jewish mystics, Brazilian spiritists, the Islamic Lebanese Druse, Australian aborigines, many American Indians, and African tribes. Reincarnation satisfies our hope for immortality, for we live not just once but again and again. It also satisfies our hope for eventual justice, if not in this life then in the next. We can also improve our future lives, for karma says that the circumstances of our present lives are caused by our actions and thoughts in past lives.

Before we can discuss reincarnation, we have to clarify what it is that reincarnates. Popular literature (such as Shirley MacLaine's) makes it seem that the "I" who lives now is the same "I" who has lived before and will live again, except for a change of body--very like a change of clothes. But does this make sense? We know that we are inextricably linked with our bodies. We know that taking drugs, or drinking alcohol, high or low blood sugar, or chemical imbalances change the way we think and feel. How then

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • References xi
  • Part I - Views of Death: General and Medical Implications 1
  • 1 - Views of Death 3
  • References 14
  • 2 - Personal Continuance View: Impact on the Dying Patient, Physician, Nurse, and Chaplain 17
  • References 28
  • Part II - Investigations and Pre-Death Phenomena 31
  • 3 - A Century of Investigation 33
  • References 42
  • 4 - Extrasensory Perception 45
  • References 51
  • 5 - Out-of-Body Experience 53
  • References 60
  • 6 - The Near-Death Experience 63
  • References 71
  • 7 - Deathbed Visions 73
  • References 77
  • Part III - At-Death Phenomena 79
  • 8 - At Death 81
  • References 84
  • Part IV - Post-Death Phenomena 85
  • 9 - Mental Mediumship 87
  • References 95
  • 10 - Reincarnation 97
  • References 104
  • 11 - Hauntings, Ghosts, and Apparitions 107
  • References 113
  • Part V - Appraisal and Judgment 115
  • 12 - Critical Appraisal 117
  • References 136
  • 13 - Evaluation, Persuasion, and Aid-in-Dying 139
  • References 146
  • Selected Bibliography 147
  • Index 153
  • About the Authors 161
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