Making Sense of Death: Spiritual, Pastoral, and Personal Aspects of Death, Dying, and Bereavement / Edition 1

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This anthology explores the process of meaning-making in the face of death and the roles of religion and spirituality at times of loss; the profound and devastating experience of loss in the death of a spouse or a child; a psychological model of spirituality; the dimensions of spirituality; humor in client-caregiver relationships; the worldview of modernity in contrast to postmodern assumptions; the Buddhist perspective on death, dying, and pastoral care; meaning-making in the virtual reality of cyberspace; individualism and death; the historical context of Native Americans, the concept of disenfrancished grief, and its detailed application to the Native American experience; a qualitative survey on the impact of shooting death of students in Colorado; a team approach with physicians, nursing, social services, and pastoral care; a study of health care professionals, comparing clergy with other health professionals; marginality in spiritual and pastoral care for the dying; a qualitative research study of registered nurses in the northeast United States; and loss and growth in the seasons of life.
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Reviewer: Becky Stepp, BBA, MEd, BS, M, LMSW (Seton Medical Center)
Description: Life is a journey, and along the way, all of us face losses. Death can occur in an instant or over a period of time. In both circumstances, those who remain behind attempt to find meaning for themselves. Making sense out of death seems to mean making sense out of suffering, making sense out of the loss of life, and making sense out of life. This book explores this creative process in deriving meaning through religion and spirituality.
Purpose: The editors of this book, part of the Death, Value and Meaning series, provide a philosophical discussion of meaning-making in the face of death. As the interest in the topic of death, dying, and bereavement continues to increase, these authors offer this book in an effort to meet the needs of many professional practitioners and academics, and ultimately, through them, those who must face the issues of spirituality as it relates to dying, death, and bereavement.
Audience: The discussion of death and dying can be emotionally charged. The authors state professional practitioners and academics as the audience. At times, the vocabulary used in this book is highly philosophical as well as potentially offensive.
Features: In an attempt to provide multicultural sensitivity, the authors' discussion includes a somewhat random selection of topics ranging from the teachings of Buddha, the roles of religion and spirituality, devastating losses and national tragedy, and the historical context of Native Americans, to virtual reality of cyberspace, extraordinary death and loss and national tragedy, and interdisciplinary team approaches in the healthcare setting. Ultimately, this book lacks the cohesiveness that could help "make sense" of this topic.
Assessment: This book presents a philosophic approach with language and vocabulary that some may find offensive in regard to pastoral care and spirituality. The authors' discussion seems random, disjointed, and incongruent, lacking the cohesiveness that could better "make sense" of this endless pursuit of making sense in the face of death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895032492
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Death, Value, and Meaning Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Role of Spiritual Experience in Adapting to Bereavement 13
Ch. 2 The Death of a Spouse: A Spiritual and Psychological Crisis 29
Ch. 3 For Those Who Stand and Wait 45
Ch. 4 A Taste of Heaven Here on Earth: For the Dying and for the Accompanier 55
Ch. 5 Death, Humor, and Spirituality: Strange Bedfellows? 73
Ch. 6 Death and the Postmodern Self: Individualism, Religion, and the Transformation of the Modern Self 85
Ch. 7 The Healing Touch of Awareness: A Buddhist Perspective on Death, Dying, and Pastoral Care 101
Ch. 8 Cyber Cemeteries and Virtual Memorials: Virtual Living Monuments as On-line Outlets for Real Life Mourning and a Celebration of Life 113
Ch. 9 Violence is the Dark Side of Spirituality 127
Ch. 10 Native American Grief and Loss: Conceptualizations of Disenfranchised Grief and Historical Trauma at Individual and Community Levels 137
Ch. 11 In the Aftermath of Columbine: Tragedy as Opportunity for Transformation 151
Ch. 12 When a Patient Dies: Meeting Spiritual Needs of the Bereaved in a Health Care Setting 163
Ch. 13 An Exploratory Study of the Spirituality of Clergy as Compared with Health Care Professionals 173
Ch. 14 Living, Dying, and Grieving in the Margins 191
Ch. 15 Spirituality in Nursing: Being in a Liminal Space 207
Ch. 16 Spirituality and Loss 221
Contributors 213
Index 237
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