Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement

ISBN-10: 0534627366

ISBN-13: 9780534627362

Edition: 6th 2007 (Revised)

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Using a social-psychological approach, this edition remains solidly grounded in theory and research, but places greater emphasis on the individual and coping with death and dying. These two well-known authors and researchers integrate stimulating personal accounts throughout the text, and apply concepts to specific examples that deal with cross cultural perspectives and the practical matters of death and dying.
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List price: $112.95
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Wadsworth
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Michael R. Leming is professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and co-director of the college's Spring Semester in Thailand program. He holds degrees from Westmont College (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.), and the University of Utah (Ph.D.). He has completed additional graduate study at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Leming was the founder and former director of the St. Olaf College Social Research Center, a former member of the board of directors of the Minnesota Coalition of Terminal Care and the Northfield AIDS Response, and has served as a hospice educator, volunteer, and grief counselor. He is the author of numerous articles on social thanatology and family issues and has taught courses on death and dying for over 35 years.

George E. Dickinson is professor of sociology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He holds degrees from Baylor University (B.A. in biology and M.A. in sociology) and Louisiana State University (Ph.D. in sociology). He has completed postdoctoral studies in gerontology at Pennsylvania State University, in thanatology at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, and in medical sociology at the University of Connecticut. He was Visiting Research Fellow in palliative medicine at the University of Sheffield's School of Medicine in England in 1999, the International Observatory on End of Life Care in the Institute for Health Research at Lancaster University in England in 2006, and the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science's Department of Animal Behavior and Welfare in England in 2013. He has published over 90 articles in numerous professional journals.

About the Authors
Preface
Studying Dying, Death, and Bereavement
Current Interest in Death and Dying
Why the Increased Interest?
Death Education
Mortality Statistics
Death Etiology and Life Expectancy
Gender Differences in Mortality Rates
Approaches to the Study of Dying and Death
The Biological Approach
The Psychological Approach
The Anthropological Approach
The Sociological Approach
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
The American Experience of Death
Defining Death
International Definitions
American Definitions
The Meaning of Dying and Death
The Social Meaning
The Philosophical Meaning
The American Experience of Death
Living Death (1600-1830)
The Dying of Death (1830-1945)
The Resurrection of Death (1945 to the Present)
Contemporary Attitudes toward Death
Denying Death
Fearing Death
Contemplating One's Own Death
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Growing Up with Death
Childhood
How Do Children Learn about Death?
Children's Understanding of Death
Explaining Death and Dying to Children
Adolescence
Identity Crisis and Death Anxiety
The Experience of Death in Violent Neighborhoods
Media Influences
Learning Adult Rituals
Communicating about Death
Adulthood
Young Adulthood
Middle-Aged Adulthood
Older Adulthood
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Perspectives on Death and Life after Death
The Need To Look beyond Death
Diversity in Perspectives
Cross-Cultural Views
Case Study: The Sacred World of Native Americans
Religious Interpretations of Death
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Hinduism
Buddhism
Temporal Interpretations of Death
Symbolic Immortality
Near-Death Experiences
Defining a Near-Death Experience
Explaining Near-Death Experiences
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
The Dying Process
Death Meanings
Time Meanings: Dealing with Prognosis
Space Meanings: Isolation and Confinement
Norm and Role Meanings: Expected Dying Behavior
Value Meanings: Reassessing the Value of Life and Death
Object and Self Meanings: Accepting the Self as Terminal
Social Situation Meanings: Definition of the Environment
Relating to the Dying Person
Medical Personnel
Family and Friends
Dying with Dignity
The Dying Child
Relating to the Dying Child
Helping the Child Cope with Dying
Parents of the Dying Child
Siblings of the Dying Child
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Living with Dying
Understanding and Coping with the Illness
The Loss of Physical Functions
The Loss of Mental Capacity
Dying of AIDS and Cancer
Treatment Options
Evaluating Treatment Options and Symptoms
Treating Drug Side Effects
Pain and Symptom Management
Organ Transplantations
Palliative Care
The Hospice Movement
The Hospice Team
The Patient-Family as the Unit of Care
The Cost of Hospice Care
Public Attitudes
Evaluation of Hospice Programs
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Dying in the American Health-Care System
The Medical Model Approach to Dying
Dying as Deviance in the Medical Setting
Normalization of Dying in the Medical Setting
Dying in a Technological Society
The Environment of the Dying Person
Death Education in Medical Schools
Developing a Sensitivity to Social/Psychological Needs
Developing Communication Skills
Public Policy and Health Needs of the Critically Ill
The Cost of Dying
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Biomedical Issues and Euthanasia
Ethical Behavior
What Is Ethical Behavior?
Bioethicists
Use of the Body in Medical Research and Training
Organ Transplantation
Euthanasia
Sanctity-of-Life Versus Quality-of-Life Debate
Passive Euthanasia
Active Euthanasia
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Suicide
Changing Attitudes toward Suicide
The Stigma of Suicide
Defining Suicidal Acts
Social Factors Involved in Suicide
Age, Gender, and Marital Status Factors
Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors
Theoretical Perspectives on Suicide
Sociological Perspectives
Existentialist Perspective
Suicide through the Life Cycle
Childhood Suicide
Adolescent Suicide
Adult Suicide
Elderly Suicide
Rational Suicide
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Diversity in Death Rituals
Understanding Death Rituals
Death Rituals as a Rite of Passage
Structural-Functional Explanations
Mourning Behaviors
Changes in Mourning Behaviors in the United States
Customs at Death
Norms Prior to Death
Preparing the Corpse
Final Disposition
Case Study: Burial and Mortuary Practices of Native Americans Living on the Plains
Death Rituals of Major Religious Groups
Jewish Customs
Christianity
Hinduism
Buddhism
Islam
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
The Business of Dying
The Business of Preparing the Dead
The Changing American Funeral
The American Practice of Funeral Service
Education and Licensure
The Role of the Funeral Director
Funeral Expenses
Alternatives to the Funeral
New Trends in Funeral Service
Preneed Funerals: A "New" Trend in Planning Funerals
Aftercare: The Future Business Is To Be Found in Today's Customers
Funeral Services on the Internet
The Business of Burying the Dead
The Changing American Cemetery
Cemeteries Today
The Government Cemetery
The Not-For-Profit Cemetery
The For-Profit Cemetery
Graveyard Symbols of Death
Life Insurance
Life Insurance as Protection
Life Insurance as an Investment
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
The Legal Aspects of Dying
Establishing the Cause of Death
Death Certificate
Autopsy
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Advance Directives
Living Wills
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Disposition of Property
Intestate and Inheritance
Wills
Probate
Estate and Inheritance Taxes
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Coping with Loss
The Bereavement Role
The Grieving Process
Normal and Abnormal Grief
Stages of Grief
Disenfranchised Grief
Four Tasks of Mourning
Assisting the Bereaved
Coping with Violent Death
Accidents
Disasters
Murder
War
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
Grieving throughout the Life Cycle
Grieving Parents and the Loss of a Child
The Loss of a Fetus or an Infant
The Loss of a Child
The Loss of an Adult Child
Grieving Children and Adolescents
Loss of a Parent
Loss of a Sibling
Loss of a Grandparent
Grieving Adults
Loss of a Spouse
Loss of a Parent
Loss of a Pet
Dying, Death, and Bereavement in the 21st Century: A Challenge
Conclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Glossary
Suggested Readings
References
Index
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