Dying: Facing the Facts

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Hannelore Wass, Robert A. Neimeyer
Taylor & Francis, Oct 24, 2018 - Psychology - 464 pages

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.


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Preface to the Second Edition
A Paradigm for a Social Psychology of Death
The Political Monopolization of Violence
Arièss Classification of Death Systems
How Effective is Our Death System?
The Problem of Definition of Death Anxiety
Factors that Influence Grief and Mourning
Understanding Death
Personal Encounters with Death
Responding to the Tolling of the Bell

The Dying Process
The End of the Dying Trajectory
Managing Serious Illness
New Forms of Dying
Different Types of Hospital Dying
A Changing Social Problem
The Hospice Care Approach
Current Issues for Hospice Programs in the United
Legal Perspectives on Planning for Death
Defining Life and Death
Functional or Dysfunctional?
American Funeral Practices and Attitudes Toward Funerals
The Funeral as a Rite of Integration and Separation
Accommodating to Loss
The Second Decade
History of Suicide
Partial Death and Substitutes for Suicide
Behavioral Clues
Rational Suicide Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Rights and the Dying
Problems for Public Policy
The Issues of the Debate Proper
Some Remaining Issues
Closing Reflections
Audiovisual Resources

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