Dying: Facing the Facts / Edition 3

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This work provides an up-to-date examination of the ways people face dying and bereavement. In this third edition previous chapters are throrughly revised, and new contributors expand areas that have changed significantly. Reflecting the field's complex interdisciplinary character, the chapters cover such diverse areas as psychology, nursing, medicine, AIDS, family studies, sociology, education, philosophy, law, religion, the humanities and political science, whilst highlighting thanatology's core psychological and therapeutic caregiving dimensions.; First, the text offers broad examinations of death systems from the vantage points of various cultural, historical and disciplinary perspectives. The second section represents the core of the book, offering detailed surveys of the "data" of death, dying and bereavement as they relate to different phases of our encounter with death as an abstract possibility and concrete reality. Next are chapters addressing a cluster of death-related issues and challenges that confront us at both a societal and individual level - such as AIDS - and finally the volume closes with a few reflections on the complexity of contemporary thanatology, framing some issues and recommendations that deserve greater attention by scholars, researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Also included is a comprehensive resource bibliography on the topic.; This text is intended to be of use as a resource for all those interested in reading about death studies, both professionals and students alike.

Legal persp. on death plan- ning/spiritual aspects of grief resolution/right to die/etc.

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Experts in thanatology look at the ways people face dying and bereavement, incorporating disciplines including psychology, nursing, family studies, philosophy, law, religion, and political science, while highlighting thanatology's core psychological and therapeutic dimensions. Chapters touch on subjects such as historical and cultural attitudes, institutional dying, the hospice approach, American funeral practice, and spiritual aspects of grief and mourning. This third edition includes material on AIDS and the right to die. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560322863
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 486
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Ch. 1 Death and Politics: A Psychosocial Perspective 3
Ch. 2 Living Our Dying and Our Grieving: Historical and Cultural Attitudes 25
Ch. 3 Death Anxiety 49
Ch. 4 The Dying Process 89
Ch. 5 Institutional Dying: A Convergence of Cultural Values, Technology, and Social Organization 117
Ch. 6 Care of the Dying: The Hospice Approach 143
Ch. 7 Legal Perspectives on Planning for Death 163
Ch. 8 The Contemporary Funeral: Functional or Dysfunctional? 185
Ch. 9 Grief and Mourning: Accommodating to Loss 211
Ch. 10 Spiritual Aspects of the Resolution of Grief 243
Ch. 11 Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents 269
Ch. 12 Death in the Lives of Adults: Responding to the Tolling of the Bell 303
Ch. 13 AIDS: The Second Decade 325
Ch. 14 Suicide 347
Ch. 15 Rights and the Dying 385
Ch. 16 The Definition of Death: Problems for Public Policy 405
Ch. 17 Closing Reflections 435
Ch. 18 Resources 447
Index 457
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