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The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying / Edition 4

The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying / Edition 4

by Lynne Ann DeSpelder, Albert L. Strickland


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Widely recognized as the best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 6th Editionis an interdisciplinary introduction to death, dying, and bereavement. No prerequisite courses are necessary for students to appreciate the text's comprehensive treatment, sensitive writing, and unbiased presentation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559344586
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Lee Strickland have collaborated on writing projects over a number of years. The many editions of The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying could not have been created without the unique combination of their talents as a teacher and a writer working together. The early decision to tape and transcribe actual classroom lectures with student interaction gives the book a conversational tone. The book's interdisciplinary flavor reflects the goal of covering the subject as broadly as possible.

Both Lynne and Al are members of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (IWG), which gives them opportunities to work closely with death-related professionals from many countries. IWG meetings are held in various member countries, creating opportunities to pursue one of their favorite aspects of the study of death and dying— cultural diversity in practice and belief. In 2003, they received the Death Education Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).

Lynneis an educator, author, and counselor. As a faculty member at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, she developed and taught one of the first interdisciplinary courses on death and dying. Certified by ADEC as a death educator and as a grief counselor, Lynne was instrumental in developing that organization's Education for Certification program. In addition to producing audiovisual and print resources for death education, she lectures both in North America and internationally to professional, corporate, and community groups, and she conducts training programs and in-service education for hospices, school districts, community organizations, and health care professionals.

Al is a professional writer whose interests have focused on death-related topics since the late 1970s. He is a former editor of The Forum Newsletter,published by ADEC. In recent years, his professional interests have been combined with a lifelong involvement in music, resulting in invitations to perform musical concerts centering on themes of death, dying, and bereavement, showcasing his voice and guitar, in Australia,Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United States. A member of the Authors Guild, he is currently at work on a novel.

Table of Contents

Prologue, by David Gordon
1. ATTITUDES TOWARD DEATH: A CLIMATE OF CHANGE / Factors Affecting Familiarity with Death / Expressions of Attitudes toward Death / The Present Milieu: Death Attitudes and Awareness / Examining Assumptions / Further Readings
2. PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH: CROSS-CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL / Death in Early and Traditional Cultures / Death and Dying in Western Culture / Four Cultural Case Studies / Rediscovering the Commemoration of Death / Further Readings
3. LEARNING ABOUT DEATH: THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIOCULTURAL FORCES / A Mature Concept of Death / Sociocultural Influences on Our Understanding of Death / Death in Contemporary Multicultural Societies / The Mature Concept of Death Revisited / Further Readings
4. HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS: PATIENTS, STAFF, AND INSTITUTIONS / Modern Health Care / Care of the Dying / The Patient-Caregiver Relationship / Stress in the Helping Professions / Being with Someone Who Is Dying / Further Readings
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