The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying / Edition 2

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Widely recognized as the best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, seventh edition, has been thoroughly revised to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art coverage of topics in death, dying, and bereavement. Integrating the experiential and the scholarly, as well as the emotional and intellectual dimensions of death studies, this highly regarded textbook combines a solid grounding in theory and research with practical application to students' lives.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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New edition of a basic text surveying attitudes, cross-cultural and historical perspectives, socialization, health care systems, living with life-threatening illness, funerals and body disposition, the experience of loss, death in children's lives, medical ethics, the law, suicide, and concepts of immortality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874847451
  • Publisher: Mayfield Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 562

Table of Contents

Prologue David Gordon Gordon, David 1

Ch. 1 Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate of Change 5

Ch. 2 Learning About Death: The Influence of Sociocultural Forces 47

Ch. 3 Perspectives on Death: Cultural and Historical 85

Ch. 4 Death Systems: Mortality and Society 127

Ch. 5 Health Care: Patients, Staff, and Institutions 167

Ch. 6 End-of-Life Issues and Decisions 199

Ch. 7 Facing Death: Living with Life-Threatening Illness 239

Ch. 8 Last Rites: Funerals and Body Disposition 273

Ch. 9 Survivors: Understanding the Experience of Loss 311

Ch. 10 Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents 351

Ch. 11 Death in the Lives of Adults 385

Ch. 12 Suicide 413

Ch. 13 Threats of Horrendous Death 453

Ch. 14 Beyond Death/After Life 491

Ch. 15 The Path Ahead: Personal and Social Choices 525

Epilogue David Gordon Gordon, David 551

Notes 553

Credits and Sources 627

Name Index 631

Subject Index 644

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