Listed below in bold are the twelve themed sections of the book, which contain from eight to sixty-seven poems each, for a total of 320 poems.

Introduction

The Nature of Death
In which the poets reflect on what death is, meditate on why it happens, and pontificate on what it means to us

Seeing Death
In which the poets encounter Death in the flesh

Those Who Have Gone (and the Ones Still Here)
In which the poets grieve, remember, and say goodbye (occasionally the dead have their say, too)

Love
In which the poets prove that love is stronger than death . . . mostly

The Four-Legged and the Winged
In which the poets remind us that everything that lives, dies

Violence
In which the poets shows us the reality of war and murder, disasters and terrorism

Facing One’s Demise
In which the poets deal with the inevitable

The Crossing
In which the poets chart the moment of death

Remains and Rituals
In which the poets examine corpses, visit graveyards, attend funerals, and otherwise deal with physical remains

What Comes Next
In which the poets offer their best guesses about the afterlife (or lack thereof)

Carpe Diem
In which the poets beseech us to live before we die

Ossuary
In which the poets write of things that don’t fit neatly into any of the other chapters

Author index

Title index

First line index

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