Prologue: The Horse on the Dining-Room Table. Part One: LEARNING ABOUT DEATH, DYING, AND BEREAVEMENT. 1. Education About Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Part Two: DEATH. 2. Changing Encounters with Death. 3. Changing Attitudes toward Death. 4. Death--Related Practices and the American Death System. 5. Cultural Differences and Death. Part Three: DYING. 6. Coping with Dying. 7. Coping with Dying: How Individuals Can Help. 8. Coping with Dying: How Communities Can Help. Part Four: BEREAVEMENT. 9. Coping with Loss and Grief. 10. Coping with Loss and Grief: How Individuals Can Help. 11. Coping with Loss and Grief: Funeral Practices and Other Ways Communities Can Help. Part Five: DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES. 12. Children. 13. Adolescents. 14. Adults. 15. The Elderly. Part Six: LEGAL, CONCEPTUAL, AND MORAL ISSUES. 16. Legal Issues. 17. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 18. Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Intentionally Ending a Human Life. 19. The Meaning of Place of Death in Life. Part Seven: NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES. 20. HIV Infection and AIDS. Epilogue: Calendar Date Gives Mom Reason to Contemplate Life. Appendix A: Selected Literature for Children: Annotated Descriptions. Appendix B: Selected Literature for Adolescents: Annotated Descriptions.