Providing an understanding of the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. This book is intended to contribute to your understanding of your relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society. Kastenbaum shows how individual and societal attitudes influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. Robert Kastenbaum is a renowned scholar who developed one of the world's first death education courses and introduced the first text for this market. 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.
Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:
-Understand the relationship with death, both as an individual and as a member of society
-See how social forces and events affect the length of our lives, how we grieve, and how we die
-Learn how dying people are perceived and treated in our society and what can be done to provide the best possible care
-Master an understanding of continuing developments and challenges to hospice (palliative care).
-Understand what is becoming of faith and doubt about an afterlife
Table of Contents
IN THIS SECTION: 1. BRIEF 2. COMPREHENSIVE BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Chapter 3: Dying Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS: Chapter 1: As We Think About Death A History of Death? Not Thinking About Death: A Failed Experiment Your Self-Inventory of Attitudes, Beliefs, and Feelings Some Answers - And The Questions They Raise Man is Mortal: But What Does That Have To DO With Me? Anxiety, Denial, and Acceptance: Three Core Concepts Studies and Theories of Death Anxiety Major Findings From Self-Reports of Death Anxiety Theoretical Perspectives on Death Anxiety Accepting and Denying Death Chapter 2: What is Death? Ideas About The Nature And Meaning Of Death Death As Observed, Proclaimed, And Imagined Biomedical Approaches To The Definition Of Death Event Versus State What Does Death Mean? Interpretations Of The Death State Conditions That Resemble Death Death As A Person Conditions That Death Resembles The Undead Death As An Agent Of Personal, Political, And Social Chapter 3: Dying The Moment Of Death: Is It Vanishing? What Is Dying, And When Does It Begin? Trajectories Of Dying: From Beginning To End Guarded Feelings, Subtle Communications Individuality And Universality In The Experience Of Dying Theoretical Models Of The Dying Process Chapter 4: End-of-Life Issues and Decisions From Description To Decision Making Who Should Participate In End-Of-Life Decisions? The Living Will And Its Impact Right-To-Die Decisions That We Can Make A Right Not To Die? The Cryonics Alternative Organ Donation Funeral-Related Decisions Chapter 5: Suicide What Do The Statistics Tell Us? Four Problem Areas Some Cultural Meanings Of Suicide A Powerful Sociological Theory Of Suicide Some Individual Meanings Of Suicide Facts And Myths About Suicide Suicide Prevention Emerging Issues And Challenges Chapter 6: Violent Death: Murder, Terrorism, Genocide, Disaster, and Accident Murder Terrorism 9/11/01 And Its Consequences Accident And Disaster Chapter 7: Euthanasia, Assisted Death, Abortion, and the Right to Die "I Swear By Appollo The Physician": What Happened To The Hippocratic Oath? Key Terms And Concepts Our Changing Attitudes Toward A Right To Die The Right-To-Die Dilemma: Case Examples