Thanatology Review

Electronic Journal


Volume 19

Number 3 · 2015

Short article


PhD docens

Death notification as an act of communication

Dear Madam, it is with deep regret that I inform you: your husband has slumbered away.
- All right, Doctor, but when will he wake up?

Abstract · On the basis of data communicated by patients of the psychiatric ward suffering from grief disorder, and on the basis of my interviews with physicians I examined if the form and style of death notification have any impact on later traumatic grief, and also how the general theoretical and practical findings of communication researches can be implemented in the practice of death notifications. Through my research and this study I am trying to highlight that there is a relationship between the style of death notification and later experienced grief disorder, and that our the specialised works on communication theory can support staff working with mourning and dying people.



Worlds on the other side: Zoroastrianism’s concept of the afterlife

Abstract · The goal of the study: To present the notions of Zoroastrianism regarding death and the afterlife, as well as to point out that this ancient native Persian religion has numerous features common with the views of our Judaeo-Christian culture. I would like to emphasis the hypothesis that the influence that Zoroastrianism exercised on Judaism of that period promoted the crystallisation of our own ideas on life after death. I briefly describe Zoroastrianism, and the relationship between death and religions. Then I turn to an introduction to the Zoroastrian afterlife, and with the help of a related sacred text I illustrate the topic.