Dying: Facing the Facts, Part 996

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Hannelore Wass, Robert A. Neimeyer
Taylor & Francis, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 463 pages
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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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Contents

A Psychosocial Perspective
3
Political Deconstruct ions of Death Fears
11
Political Control Over Transcendence Opportunities
17
Our Death System
34
How Effective is Our Death System?
41
The Facts of Death and Dying
47
Death Anxiety or Death Anxieties?
58
Changes in Death Anxiety as a Result of Death Education
78
Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents
269
Societal Factors and Forces
275
Personal Encounters with Death
282
Conclusion
296
Responding to the Tolling of the Bell
303
Death in Young Adulthood
309
Death Among the Elderly 915
315
Issues and Challenges
323

The Dying Process
89
The End of the Dying Trajectory
98
Caring for the Dying in
112
A Product of Civilization
118
Different Types of Hospital Dying
128
Negotiations Decisions and Adaptations to Dying
134
The Hospice Approach
143
The Delivery of Hospice Services
151
References
161
Denning Life and Death
173
Conclusion
182
American Funeral Practices and Attitudes Toward Funerals
193
Accommodating to Loss
211
Factors that Influence Grief and Mourning
221
Complicated Mourning
238
Solace
248
Worldviews
254
Conclusion
263
Coping with HlVSpectrum Disease
330
The Prevention of HIV Transmission
336
Suicide
347
Contemporary Developments in Suicidology
353
TheoreticalClinicai Observations
361
Gender
367
Rational Suicide Assisted Suicide
373
A Sample of Suicide Notes
380
Philosophy and the Right to Die
388
Medicine and the Right to Die
395
Conclusion
402
Preliminary Issues to Public Policy Discussion
410
Closing Reflections
435
Education about Death Dying and Bereavement
441
Resources
447
Organizations
454
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ROBERT A. NEIMEYER is Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis.

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