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The last dance : encountering death and dying

Author: Lynne Ann DeSpelder; Albert Lee Strickland
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7th edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Widely recognized as the best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 7th Edition, is 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.
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DeSpelder, Lynne Ann, 1944-
Last dance.
Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2005
(OCoLC)636181651
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lynne Ann DeSpelder; Albert Lee Strickland
ISBN: 0072920963 9780072920963
OCLC Number: 53483512
Description: xxiii, 664 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface --
Prologue / David Gordon --
1: Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate Of Change --
Factors affecting familiarity with death --
Life expectancy and mortality rates --
Causes of death --
Geographical mobility --
Displacement of death from the home --
Life-extending technologies --
Expressions of attitudes toward death --
Language --
Humor --
Mass media --
In the news --
Entertaining death --
Music --
Literature --
Visual arts --
Present milieu: death attitudes and awareness --
Pioneers in death studies --
Rise of death education --
Is death out of the closet? --
Examining assumptions --
Further readings --
2: Learning About Death: The Influence Of Sociocultural Forces --
Mature concept of death --
Development of the understanding of death --
Infancy and toddlerhood --
Early childhood --
Middle years of childhood --
Adolescence --
Evolution of a mature concept of death --
Sociocultural influences on our understanding of death --
Agents of socialization --
Family --
School and peers --
Mass media and children's literature --
Religion --
Teachable moments --
Early experiences with death --
Theoretical perspectives on society and culture --
Structural-functionalist approach --
Symbolic interactionism --
Social learning approach --
Death in contemporary multicultural societies --
Distinctive traditions: ethnicity and pluralism --
Mixed plate: cultural diversity in Hawaii --
Characteristics of Hawaii's peoples --
Assimilation and accommodation in death rites --
Mature concept of death revisited --
Further readings --
3: Perspectives On Death: Cross-Cultural And Historical --
Early, primitive, and traditional cultures --
Origin of death --
Causes of death --
Power of the dead --
Names of the dead --
Western culture --
Dying and the deathbed scene --
Burial customs --
Charnel houses --
Memorializing the dead --
Dance of death --
Invisible death? --
Cultural case studies --
Native American traditions --
African traditions --
Mexican traditions --
Asian traditions --
Celtic traditions --
Rediscovering the commemoration of death --
Further readings --
4: Health Care Systems: Patients, Staff, And Institutions --
Modern health care --
Health care financing --
Rationing scarce resources --
Care of the dying --
Hospice and palliative care --
Principles of hospice and palliative care --
Origins of hospice and palliative care --
Hospice programs and hospital-based palliative care --
Challenges to hospice and palliative care --
Home care --
Social support --
Elder care --
Trauma and emergency care --
Caregiver stress --
Being with someone who is dying --
Further readings. 5: Death Systems: Matters Of Public Policy --
Defining death --
Conventional signs of death and new technology --
Conceptual and empirical criteria --
Four approaches to the definition and determination of death --
Irreversible loss of flow of vital fluids --
Irreversible loss of the soul from the body --
Irreversible loss of the capacity for bodily integration --
Irreversible loss of the capacity for consciousness or social interaction --
Legislation defining death --
Organ transplantation and organ donation --
Medical ethics: a cross-cultural example --
Death certification --Coroner and the medical examiner --
Autopsies --
Impact of the death system --
Further readings --
6: Facing Death: Living With Life-Threatening Illness --
Personal and social meanings of life-threatening illness --
Coping with life-threatening illness --
Awareness of dying --
Adapting to "living/dying" --
Patterns of coping --
Maintaining coping potency --
Treatment options and issues --
Surgery --
Radiation therapy --
Chemotherapy --
Alternative therapies --
Complementary therapies --
Unorthodox treatment --
Pain management --
Language of pain --
Treating pain --
Dying trajectory --
Social role of the dying patient --
Further readings --
7: End-Of-Life Issues And Decisions --
Principles of medical ethics --
Informed consent to treatment --
Caregiver-patient relationship --
Disclosing a life-threatening diagnosis --
Achieving clear communication --
Providing total care --
Choosing death --
Withholding or withdrawing treatment --
Assisted suicide versus active euthanasia --
Physician-assisted suicide --
Palliative care and the right to die --
Nutrition and hydration --
Seriously ill newborns --
Advance directives --
Using advance directives --
Advance directives and emergency care --
Wills and inheritance --
Definitions and elements of wills --
Formally executed will --
Amending or revoking a will --
Probate --
Duties of the executor or administrator --
Avoiding probate --
Laws of intestate succession --
Insurance and death benefits --
Considering end-of-life issues and decisions --
Further readings --
8: Survivors: Understanding The Experience Of Loss --
Bereavement, grief, and mourning --
Experience of grief --
Mental versus emotional responses --
Course of grief --
Duration of grief --
Complications of grief --
Mortality of bereavement --
Models of grief --
Working through grief --
Tasks of mourning --
Maintaining bonds with the deceased --
Telling the "story": narrative approaches --
Toward an integrated model of grief --
Variables influencing grief --
Survivor's model of the world --
Personality --
Cultural context and social roles --
Perceived relationship with deceased --
Values and beliefs --
Mode of death --
Anticipated death --
Sudden death --
Suicide --
Homicide --
Disaster --
Multiple losses and bereavement burnout --
Social support and disenfranchised grief --
Unfinished business --
Support for the bereaved --
Bereavement as an opportunity for growth --
Further readings. 9: Last Rites: Funerals And Body Disposition --
Psychosocial aspects of last rites --
Death notification --
Mutual support --
Impetus for coping with loss --
Funerals in the United States --
Rise of professional funeral services --
Criticisms of funeral practices --
Selecting funeral services --
Funeral service charges --
Comparing the costs --
Professional services --
Embalming --
Caskets --
Outer burial containers --
Facilities and vehicles --
Miscellaneous charges --
Direct cremations and immediate burials --
Funeral and memorial societies --
Body disposition --
Burial --
Cremation --
Memorialization --
Laws regulating body disposition --
Making meaningful choices --
Further readings --
10: Death In The Lives Of Children And Adolescents --
Early childhood encounters with death --
Death-experienced children, ages one to three --
Very young child and death: an example --
Children with life-threatening illnesses --
Child's perception of serious illness --
Child's coping mechanisms --
Caring for a seriously ill child --
Children as survivors of a close death --
Bereaved child's experience of grief --
Death of a pet --
Death of a parent --
Death of a sibling --
Support groups for children --
Helping children cope with change and loss --
Guidelines for sharing information --
Discussing death before a crisis occurs --
When a family member is seriously ill --
In the aftermath of loss --
Using books as tools for coping --
Further readings --
11: Death In The Lives Of Adults --
Parental bereavement --
Coping with parental bereavement as a couple --
Childbearing losses --
Miscarriage --
Induced abortion --
Stillbirth --
Neonatal death --
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome --
Death of an older child --
Death of an adult child --
Social support in parental bereavement --
Death of a parent --
Spousal bereavement --
Factors influencing spousal bereavement --
Social support for bereaved spouses --
Death of a friend --
Aging and the aged --
Further readings --
12: Suicide --
Comprehending suicide --
Statistical issues --
Psychological autopsy --
Explanatory theories of suicide --
Social context of suicide --
Degree of social regulation --
Degree of social integration --
Psychological insights about suicide --
Toward an integrated understanding of suicide --
Some types of suicide --
Suicide as escape --
Cry for help --
Subintentional and chronic suicide --
Risk factors influencing suicide --
Culture --
Personality --
Individual situation --
Lifespan perspectives on suicide --
Childhood --
Adolescence and young adulthood --
Middle adulthood --
Late adulthood --
Contemplating suicide --
Suicide notes --
Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention --
Prevention --
Intervention --
Postvention --
Helping a person who is in suicidal crisis --
Further readings --
13: Risks Of Death In The Modern World --
Risk taking --
Accidents --
Disasters --
Reducing the impact of disasters --
Coping with the aftermath of disaster --
Violence --
Assessing the homicidal act --
Capital punishment --
Steps toward reducing violence --
War --
Technological alienation --
Conversion of the warrior --
Coping with the aftermath of war --
Making war, making peace --
Terrorism --
September 11, 2001 --
Rescue, recovery, and mourning --
Mind of the terrorist --
AIDS and other emerging diseases --
Response to AIDS --
Living with AIDS --
Threat of emerging diseases --
Coping with risks --
Further readings --
14: Beyond Death / After Life --
Traditional concepts about life after death --
Jewish beliefs about death and resurrection --
Classical Greek concepts of immortality --
Christian beliefs about the afterlife --
Afterlife in Islamic tradition --
Death and immortality in Asian religions --
Hindu teachings about death and rebirth --
Buddhist understanding of death --
After-death states in Tibetan Buddhism --
Secular concepts of immortality --
Near-death experiences: at the threshold of death --
NDEs: a composite picture --
Dimensions of near-death experiences --
Interpreting near-death experiences --
Death themes in dreams and psychedelic experiences --
Beliefs about death: a wall or a door? --
Further readings --
15: Path Ahead: Personal And Social Choices --
Value of exploring death and dying --
New directions in death education --
Death in the future --
Living with death and dying --
Humanizing death and dying --
Defining the good death --
Postcript and farewell --
Further readings --
Epilogue / David Gordon --
Notes --
Credits and sources --
Name index --
Subject index.
Responsibility: Lynne Ann DeSpelder, Albert Lee Strickland.
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From the Publisher: Widely recognized as the best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 7th Edition, is 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.

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