Annual Editions: Dying, Death, and Bereavement, 9/e

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This ninth edition of ANNUAL EDITIONS: DYING, DEATH, AND BEREAVEMENT provides convenient, inexpensive access to current articles selected from the best of the public press. Organizational features include: an annotated listing of selected World Wide Web sites; an annotated table of contents; a topic guide; a general introduction; brief overviews for each section; a topical index; and an instructor's resource guide with testing materials. USING ANNUAL EDITIONS IN THE CLASSROOM is offered as a practical guide for instructors. ANNUAL EDITIONS titles are supported by our student website,

Table of Contents

UNIT 1. The American Way of Dying and Death

1. Finding Better Ways to Die, Lane Jennings, The Futurist, March/April 2005

This article discusses why we fear death, controversial death-related issues, growing old, and “little” deaths.

2. Cultural Scripts for a Good Death in Japan and the United States: Similarities and Differences, Susan Orpett Long, Social Science and Medicine, vol. 58, March 2004

Different ways to “die well” (cultural scripts) in the United States and Japan are discussed. Ideas and metaphors are likely based on multiple scripts or may offer different interpretations for different social contexts.

3. Technology and Death Policy: Redefining Death, Robert H. Blank, from Morality, Volume 6, Number 2, July 2001

British political scientist Robert Blank analyzes the policy issues surrounding the definition of death within the context of technological and social changes.

4. The Unsettled Question of Brain Death, Peter Monaghan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 22, 2002

The author examines the issue of brain death and the removal of organs for transplant purposes from the point of view of various cultures including Canada, the United States, and Japan.

5. Life and Death: As Inmates Age, a Prison Carpenter Builds More Coffins, Gary Fields, The Wall Street Journal, May 18, 2005

As inmates receive life sentences with no chance for parole, their exit from prison is through the door of death. This article discusses how human remains are handled following a death in the Louisiana state prison in Angola.

6. Teaching End-of-Life Issues: Current Status in United Kingdom and United States Medical Schools, George E. Dickinson and David Field, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, May/June 2002

Medical schools in the United States and United Kingdom are gradually integrating end-of-life issues into their curricula. Overall, the United Kingdom appears to provide more exposure regarding hospice involvement and palliative care.

UNIT 2. Developmental Aspects of Dying and Death

7. Life Is Like the Seasons: Responding to Change, Loss, and Grief Through a Peer-based Education Program, Anne Graham, Childhood Education, 2004

The Seasons for Growth education program is presented in this article. This program aims to promote the social and emotional well-being of individuals between the ages of 6 and 18 who have experienced major changes as a result of death, separation, and divorce.

8. Writing Through a Tragedy, Hilary E. Hughes, English Journal, July 2004

A teacher writes about how young students reacted to the death of their social studies teacher.

9. Richness of Collaboration for Children’s Response to Disaster, Sally Raphel, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 16, January–March 2003

This article is a response to various disasters and a discussion of what we have learned from the past. Also discussed is how these lessons may benefit us in the future in relating to children following a trauma in their lives.

10. Trends in Causes of Death Among the Elderly, Nadine R. Sahyoun et al., Aging Trends No. 1, March 2001

This article discusses the leading causes of death (chronic diseases) among the elderly toward the end of the twentieth century and observes trend patterns over the past two decades. Projections are made toward future breakthroughs in technological advances, public health initiatives, and social changes that may increase the length of life.

11. Studying the Black Death, Norman F. Cantor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 27, 2001

This article is a historical overview of an infectious disease which killed millions in Western Europe and England. The author analyzes how the plague in the 14th century has been viewed over the years and how it impacted on social change in families and society.

UNIT 3. The Dying Process

12. The Hispanic Way of Dying: Three Families, Three Perspectives, Three Cultures, Neris Diaz-Cabello, Illness, Crisis and Loss, vol. 12, no. 3, July 2004

This article discusses the role of the family, the significance of ritual, the spiritual implications of faith and loss, and the religious presence during the dying process and thereafter.

13. Placing Religion and Spirituality in End-of-Life Care, Timothy P. Daaleman and Larry VandeCreek, Journal of the American Medical Association, November 15, 2000

The authors distinguish between religion and spirituality and discuss how hospice care considers the spiritual and religious dimensions of the dying patient.

14. Patients Whose Final Wishes Go Unsaid Put Doctors in a Bind, N. R. Kleinfield, The New York Times, July 19, 2003

A very small percentage of patients can voice advanced directives. This makes the physician’s role more difficult, especially when the patient is unable to make decisions regarding end-of-life care.

15. Hospice Referral Decisions: The Role of Physicians, Brenda S. Sanders, Tracy L. Burkett, George E. Dickinson, and Robert E. Tournier, American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, May/June 2004

This article gives information in regards to hospice referrals. In many cases, medical doctors took the initiative in hospice referrals. Late referrals were most often due to reluctance by the patient and family to admit that death is imminent.

16. Spirituality and Religion in the “Art of Dying”, Lois M. Ramondetta and Deborah Sills, Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 21, no. 23, December 1, 2003

Oncologists deal with patients with tumors, often malignant, and thus have a high probability of relating to terminally ill patients. This article points out the role played by spirituality and religion in the doctor-patient relationship.

17. Palliative Care, R. Sean Morrison and Diane E. Meier, The New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 350, no. 25, June 17, 2004

These two physicians, leaders in the field of palliative medicine, present a comprehensive overview of palliative care in the United States today.

UNIT 4. Euthanasia

18. Death and the Law, Lawrence Rudden, The World & I, May 2003

This article discusses the legality of the Oregon Death With Dignity Act and Attorney General John Ashcroft’s challenge to the law in his attempt to prevent terminal patients of Oregon from exercising their legal right to end their suffering with a physician’s help.

19. Why Secular Humanism is Wrong: About Assisted Suicide, Wesley J. Smith, Free Inquiry, Spring 2003

Most of the debate favoring assisted suicide has been led by secular humanists. This article challenges many of the assumptions of those who favor the practice, arguing from a secular humanist perspective. The author says that assisted suicide is not an answer to the problems it seeks to address.

20. Doctor, I Want to Die. Will You Help Me?, Timothy E. Quill, Journal of the American Medical Association, August 18, 1993

What are the possible responses that a physician can make to a patient who wants to die? This controversial dilemma is presented in the context of compassionate care for suffering and an awareness of the needs of the dying. In the commentary, a medical ethicist disagrees, stating that compassion cannot overrule a moral principle.

21. Competent Care for the Dying Instead of Physician-Assisted Suicide, Kathleen M. Foley, The New England Journal of Medicine, January 2, 1997

Legalized physician-assisted suicide is not a substitute for competent palliative care of the dying. Attention to the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical needs of the dying patient is the mark of a good doctor.

22. Euthanasia: A Need for Reform, Janis Moody, Nursing Standard, March 5, 2003

Janis Moody contends that the philosophical basis of the active-passive distinction has led to distortions in the law surrounding the issue of euthanasia. The author argues for a reform in nursing practice that will reclassify passive and active euthanasia as life-terminating acts. She further argues that nurses need to have an understanding of the ethical and legal basis of euthanasia to acknowledge and define their possible future role in relation to providing life-terminating acts.

23. Colleen’s Choice, Barry Yeoman, AARP The Magazine, March/April 2003

In this article, we follow the actions of Colleen Rice, who, with the assistance of her daughter, ends her life of suffering from cancer. This act of self-deliverance is portrayed as a rational and dignified attempt to bring closure to a life that Rice no longer felt was worth living.

24. Ethics and Life’s Ending: An Exchange, Robert D. Orr and Gilbert Meilaender, Current, October 2004

This article provides a point-counterpoint discussion of the quality of life arguments for passive euthanasia and the right to die. Knowledge from both points of view challenge the student who is attempting to formulate an understanding of the complex issues surrounding this controversy.

25. What Living Wills Won’t Do, Eric Cohen, The Weekly Standard, April 18, 2005

Also inspired by the Terri Schiavo case, this article discusses the limitations of living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care.

26. When Students Kill Themselves, Colleges May Get the Blame, Ann H. Franke, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 25, 2004

Suicide among college students has always been a nightmare for parents, now it has become a risk management issue for college administrators and professors. This article addresses the issue of responsibility for suicides among college students and how and when students are at risk.

UNIT 5. Funerals

27. The Contemporary American Funeral, Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson, from Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement, Wadsworth, 2006

This article provides an overview of the present practice of funeralization in American society, including the traditional and alternative funeral arrangements. The functions of funerals relative to the sociological, psychological, and theological needs of adults and children are also discussed.

28. How Different Religions Pay Their Final Respects, William J. Whalen, U.S. Catholic, September 1990

A number of religious practices are reviewed in this article demonstrating the commonalities and differences among many religious traditions. Many of the rituals performed at the funeral are closely tied to the religious ideas of the people who perform them.

29. The Arlington Ladies: American Volunteerism at its Most Moving, Shawn Macomber, The American Spectator, May 2005

This article discusses the role of the “Arlington Ladies” who have attended every funeral at Arlington Cemetery to ensure that no soldier is ever buried with no one in attendance, and also to serve the needs of family members, whether or not they are present at the funeral.

30. Green Graveyards—A Natural Way to Go, Barbara Basler, AARP Bulletin, July/August 2004

This AARP article provides “environmentally friendly” or “green” alternatives to earth burials and cremations. In the words of Billy Campbell, "We put death in its rightful place, as part of the cycle of life. Our burials honor the idea of dust to dust.

31. Face to Face With Death: The Funeral Industry is Opening up to Newcomers Who Want to Comfort Families in Mourning, Vanessa Juarez, Newsweek, June 6, 2005

This article takes us behind the scenes to view the contemporary education of funeral directors—a profession which is now reaching gender equality in the future of its members.

UNIT 6. Bereavement

32. The Grieving Process, Michael R. Leming and George E. Dickinson, from Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement, Wadsworth, 2006

This article discusses the seven basic coping strategies related to the bereavement process (shock and denial, disorganization, volatile emotions, guilt, loss and loneliness, relief, and reestablishment) and the four tasks of bereavement (accepting the reality of the loss, experiencing the pain of grief, adjusting to an environment in which the deceased is missing, and the withdrawing of emotional energy and reinvesting it in other relationships).

33. Disenfranchised Grief, Kenneth J. Doka, from Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow, Lexington Books, 1989

Kenneth Doka discusses the unique situation of bereaved survivors whose loss is not, or cannot be, openly acknowledged, publicly mourned, or socially supported.

34. Enhancing the Concept of Disenfranchised Grief, Charles A. Corr, Omega, Volume 38, Number 1, 1998–1999

This article enhances and broadens the concept of disenfranchised grief in significant ways as it indicates that there are aspects of most losses that are indeed disenfranchised.

35. The Increasing Prevalence of Complicated Mourning: The Onslaught Is Just Beginning, Therese A. Rando, Omega, Volume 26, Number 1, 1992–1993

This article operationalizes complicated mourning and identifies its seven high-risk factors. The author argues that the prevalence of complicated mourning is increasing today due to a number of contemporary sociocultural and technological trends, with problems in both the mental health profession and the field of thanatology that are preventing or interfering with requisite treatment. New treatment policies and models are now mandated for intervention in complicated mourning.

36. The Elephant in the Middle of the Room, Marilyn Snyder, Newsweek, February 28, 2005

This article provides a personal and subjective understanding of mourning for one’s spouse.

37. Those Left Behind: War Widows Find Ways to Cope, But There’s Really No Cure for the Pain, Susan Brink, U.S. News & World Report, November 29, 2004

This article discusses the special grieving of war widows and the recovery of losing a spouse to armed conflict that exists between nations at war.

38. Till Death Do Us Part, Mickie Mashburn, The Advocate, February 19, 2002

This article is a personal account of a woman who has experienced disenfranchised grief as the surviving spouse in a same-sex relationship. She tells of how she was disinherited and marginalized by her partner’s family and denied her rightful claim to personal belongings, pension, and other benefits that normally go to a surviving spouse.

39. Counseling With Children in Contemporary Society, Linda Goldman, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, April 2004

This article examines elements related to children’s developmental understandings of death, ways to talk to children about death, a broad understanding of the nature of children’s grief and bereavement, recognition of the common characteristics of grieving children, and useful interventions of the bereaved child by mental health counselors.

40. Discussing Tragedy With Your Child, Jay Reeve, The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, June 2002

This article helps with the difficult task of assisting parents to talk about tragedies with their children. The author acknowledges the difficulty of the task while providing some very helpful guidelines that help parents organize the discussion in a way that is helpful to their children.

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