Death, Society, and Human Experience
Providing an overview of the myriad ways that we are touched by death and dying, both as an individual and as a member of society, this book will help readers understand our relationship with death. Kastenbaum and Moreman show how various ways that individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. This landmark text draws on contributions from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities, such as history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts, to provide thorough coverage of understanding death and the dying process. Death, Society, and Human Experience was originally written by Robert Kastenbaum, a renowned scholar who developed one of the world’s first death education courses. Christopher Moreman, who has worked in the field of death studies for almost two decades specializing in afterlife beliefs and experiences, has updated this edition.
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WHAT IS DEATH? WHAT DOES DEATH MEAN?
THE DEATH SYSTEM
TRANSITION FROM LIFE
HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
ENDOFLIFE ISSUES AND DECISIONS
MURDER TERRORISM GENOCIDE DISASTER
EUTHANASIA ASSISTED DEATH ABORTION AND THE RIGHT TO
DEATH IN THE WORLD OF CHILDHOOD
BEREAVEMENT GRIEF AND MOURNING
THE FUNERAL PROCESS
DO WE SURVIVE DEATH?
HOW CAN WE HELP? CAREGIVING AND DEATH EDUCATION
GOOD LIFE GOOD DEATH? TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF IT