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The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying


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The best-selling textbook in its field, The Last Dance offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying. Integrating the experiential, scholarly, social, individual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, this acclaimed text provides solid grounding in theory and research, as well as practical application to students' lives. The ninth edition has been updated to offer cutting-edge and comprehensive coverage of death studies.

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This text, now in its ninth edition, is a classic introductory textbook in the field of thanatology, or death studies. Combining perspectives from disciplines like medicine, the humanities, and social sciences, 15 chapters cover topics like suicide, living with life threatening illness, and cultural and historical perspectives on death. Each chapter contains useful tables, illustrations, and photographs and a list of suggested readings for students interested in additional information on a given topic. A companion website is also available with review materials designed to reinforce the most important lessons in each chapter. Students of thanatology or those in fields requiring study of death and dying will find this to be a well-organized comprehensive reference. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Attitudes Toward Death: A Climate of Change

Chapter 2 - Learning About Death: The Influence of Sociocultural Forces

Chapter 3 - Perspectives on Death: Cultural and Historical

Chapter 4 - Death Systems: Mortality and Society

Chapter 5 - Health Care: Patients, Staff, and Institutions

Chapter 6 - End-of-Life Issues and Decisions

Chapter 7 - Facing Death: Living with Life-Threatening Illness

Chapter 8 - Last Rites: Funerals and Body Disposition

Chapter 9 - Survivors: Understanding the Experience of Loss

Chapter 10 - Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

Chapter 11 - Death in the Lives of Adults

Chapter 12 - Suicide

Chapter 13 - Threats of Horrendous Death

Chapter 14 - Beyond Death / After Life

Chapter 15 - The Path Ahead: Personal and Social Choices

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Despelder, Lynne Ann
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Strickland, Albert Lee
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Death & Dying
Self-Help; Grief
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