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Death and Dying: Life and Living / Edition 6
     

Death and Dying: Life and Living / Edition 6

by Charles A. Corr
 

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ISBN-10: 049550646X

ISBN-13: 2900495506460

Pub. Date: 04/10/2008

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Completely updated with new insights and issues, this best-selling book helps readers cope -- and helps others to cope -- with experiences associated with death, dying, and bereavement. The authors emphasize task-based approaches for individual and family coping. They also offer practical guidelines for constructive communications -- all designed to encourage

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Completely updated with new insights and issues, this best-selling book helps readers cope -- and helps others to cope -- with experiences associated with death, dying, and bereavement. The authors emphasize task-based approaches for individual and family coping. They also offer practical guidelines for constructive communications -- all designed to encourage productive living in the face of death. Charles A. Corr is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to pediatric hospice care and death education. Co-authors Clyde M. Nabe and Donna M. Corr are both teachers with many years of experience in spiritual and nursing care, respectively. Thanks to the authors' continuing research, this Fourth Edition of Death and Dying, Life and Living offers the most current and comprehensive discussion of new issues and insights available today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900495506460
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Series:
Death & Dying/Grief & Loss Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
712

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Table of Contents

Prefacexxi
Prologue "The Horse on the Dining-Room Table"xxvii
Part 1Learning about Death, Dying and Bereavement1
1Education about Death, Dying, and Bereavement2
A College Class on Death and Dying, and Death-Related Literature for Young Children3
The Emergence of Death Education4
Why Did You Become Involved in Death Education?5
What Is Death Education Like?7
Goals of Death Education11
What Can We Learn about Life and Living by Studying Death, Dying, and Bereavement14
Part 2Death17
2Changing Encounters with Death18
The Death of an African Physician19
Encountering Death in America Today20
Death Rates20
Average Life Expectancy26
Causes of Death: Communicable versus Degenerative Diseases28
Dying Trajectories32
Location of Death35
What Factors Helped to Bring about These New Mortality Patterns?38
3Changing Attitudes toward Death44
The Death of an Amish Man45
The Interplay of Death-Related Encounters and Attitudes47
Death-Related Attitudes48
Five Dominant Patterns in Western Attitudes toward Death53
The Puritans of Seventeenth-Century New England60
4Death-Related Practices and the American Death System66
September 11, 2001: Terrorism, Violence, and Death67
The Death System in Every Society68
The American Death System and the Events of September 11, 200171
Human-Induced Death Brought about by Individuals73
Socially Sanctioned Death76
Death and Language81
Death and the Media85
Contemporary American Funeral Practices88
5Cultural Differences and Death99
A Happy Funeral100
What Can Be Said about Cultural Differences: Some Cautions and Opportunities101
Encounters with Dying, Death, and Bereavement104
Attitudes toward Death114
Death-Related Practices118
Part 3Dying127
6Coping with Dying128
Matt and Josephina Ryan: Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying129
Coping130
Dying Trajectories and Awareness Contexts134
Coping with Dying: A Stage-Based Approach137
Coping with Dying: Task-Based Approaches141
What Do We Now Know about Coping with Dying?150
7Coping with Dying: How Individuals Can Help152
Individuals Who Helped Matt and Josephina Ryan Cope with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying153
Caring for Persons Who Are Coping with Dying: Human and Professional Tasks154
Dimensions of Care155
Tasks as Guidelines for Helping168
Effective Communication171
Helping Helpers: Burnout and Self-Care173
Hope175
8Coping with Dying: How Communities Can Help179
Social Institutions That Helped Matt and Josephina Ryan Cope with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying180
Recognizing and Responding to the Needs of Persons Who Are Coping with Dying181
Hospice Philosophy and Principles184
Four Programs of Care for Persons Who Are Coping with Dying187
Hospice Care and Palliative Care199
An Institutional Recapitulation201
Part 4Bereavement205
9Coping with Loss and Grief206
Stella Bridgman: Experiencing Her Losses207
Loss and Bereavement208
Grief210
What Makes a Difference in Bereavement and Grief?215
Mourning: Interpretations and Outcomes217
Grief, Mourning, and Gender230
Grief, Mourning, and Families232
Anticipatory Grief and Mourning235
Traumatic Loss and Death237
Complicated Grief Reactions239
10Coping with Loss and Grief: How Individuals Can Help243
Stella Bridgman: Who Helps a Grieving Person?244
Fundamental Needs of Bereaved Persons245
Unhelpful Messages245
Disenfranchised Grief248
Some Constructive Suggestions for Helping250
Pet Loss251
Helping Bereaved Persons with Tasks in Mourning254
Programs Designed to Facilitate One-to-One Intervention to Help the Bereaved258
Facilitating Uncomplicated Grief: Grief Counseling259
11Coping with Loss and Grief: How Communities Can Help268
Stella Bridgman: Social Support for a Bereaved Person269
Life Crises and Ritual270
Funeral Ritual in Contemporary American Society272
Tasks Associated with Funeral Ritual273
Cemeteries and Memorialization281
Other Societal Programs to Help the Bereaved283
Part 5Developmental Perspectives297
12Children299
One Child and Death300
Children, Developmental Tasks, and Death301
Encounters with Death during Childhood302
The Development of Death-Related Concepts in Childhood308
The Development of Death-Related Attitudes in Childhood314
Children Who Are Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying316
Children Who Are Coping with Bereavement and Grief320
Helping Children Cope with Death, Dying, and Bereavement324
13Adolescents339
One Month at Central High School340
The Definition and Interpretation of Adolescence341
Developmental Tasks in Early, Middle, and Late Adolescence343
Encounters with Death during Adolescence344
Death-Related Attitudes during Adolescence350
Adolescents Who Are Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying354
Adolescents Who Are Coping with Bereavement and Grief357
Adolescents, Suicide, and Homicide360
Helping Adolescents Cope with Death and Bereavement367
14Adults373
A Christmas Letter, 1998374
Adults, Developmental Tasks, and Death376
Encounters with Death during Adulthood378
Attitudes toward Death among Adults383
Adults Who Are Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying385
Adults Who Are Coping with Bereavement and Grief387
15The Elderly401
Lives Crowned by Love403
The Elderly, Developmental Tasks, and Death404
Encounters with Death among the Elderly405
Attitudes toward Death among the Elderly408
Elders Who Are Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Dying410
Elders Who Are Coping with Bereavement and Grief414
Suicide among the Elderly419
Part 6Legal, Conceptual, and Moral Issues423
16Legal Issues424
Donor Husband, Donor Father425
American Society and Its Laws426
Legal Issues before Death427
Legal Issues at Death431
Legal Issues after Death438
17Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior457
Three Completed Suicides458
What Is Suicide?462
Some Common Patterns in Suicidal Behavior463
Explanations of Suicide466
Suicide: An Act with Many Determinants and Levels of Meaning472
The Impact of Suicide472
Suicide Intervention475
Rational Suicide479
18Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Intentionally Ending a Human Life484
A Case of Assisted Suicide485
Situating the Issues486
Deciding to End a Human Life: Who Acts?488
Deciding to End a Human Life: What Is Intended?490
Deciding to End a Human Life: Moral Arguments494
Deciding to End a Human Life: Some Religious Perspectives498
Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and Social Policy503
Prospects for the Future510
19The Meaning and Place of Death in Life513
Gotami and the Buddha514
Questions Raised by Death and Some Preliminary Responses514
Death: A Door or a Wall?515
Alternative Images of an Afterlife516
Near-Death Experiences524
The Place of Death in Human Life527
Part 7New Challenges and Opportunities531
20HIV Infection and AIDS532
A Family Coping with AIDS533
An Introduction to AIDS534
An Introduction to HIV535
Coping with HIV Infection and AIDS544
Epilogue "Calendar Date Gives Mom Reason to Contemplate Life" Elizabeth Vega-Fowler562
Appendix ASelected Literature for Children: Annotated D0escriptions564
Appendix BSelected Literature for Adolescents: Annotated Descriptions574
References579
Name Index632
Subject Index644
Photo Credits655

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