Death, Dying and Bereavement in a Changing World

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2013-12-11
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Helps students confront and understand a painful reality


Through personal stories from real people, Death, Dying, and Bereavement provides readers with a context for understanding their changing encounters with such difficult concepts. The book takes a comprehensive approach, exploring the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of death, dying, and bereavement.


MySearchLab is a part of the Kemp program. Research and writing tools, including access to academic journals, help students explore the Sociology of Death and Dying in even greater depth. To provide students with flexibility, students can download the eText to a tablet using the free Pearson eText app.


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Author Biography

Alan R. Kemp is Professor and Chair of the sociology department at Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom, Washington, where he teaches a course on death, dying, and bereavement. He holds master’s degrees in social work and divinity. He earned his doctorate at the then amalgamated colleges of St. Stephen’s and St. Andrew’s in Edmonton, Alberta and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has many years experience in teaching, ministry, and professional counseling. He is a licensed

mental health professional. He was among the last American advisors serving on “Swift Boats” (PCFs) in Vietnam. He lives with his wife, Claudia, and a menagerie of “critters” at their cabin on property in rural western Washington state.

Table of Contents

Part 1:  Introduction and Context

Chapter 1:    Lifting the Pall: The Quest to Uncover the Realities of Death and ReclaimWisdom about Life

Chapter 2:     Death & Dying in a Rapidly Changing World

Chapter 3:    For Everything There is a Season: The Developmental Context

Chapter 4:    Coureurs de Bois: Cross-Cultural & Interfaith Dimensions

Part 2:  Death

Chapter 5:    Grim Reaper Through Time: Historical & ross-Cultural Look at Undertaking

Chapter 6:    Grim Reaper Today: Emerging Trends in Contemporary “Deathcare”

Chapter 7:    Traumatic Death


Part 3:  Dying

Chapter 8:    In the Valley of the Shadow: Facing Death

Chapter 9:    Intensive Caring: Hospice & Palliative Care


Part 4:  Bereavement, Grief, & Mourning

Chapter 10:    Life After Loss: Bereavement, Grief, & Mourning

Chapter 11:    When Grief Goes Awry: Complicated Grief


Part 5:  Legal & Ethical Borderlands

Chapter 12:    Physician Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

Chapter 13:    Withdrawing Life Support & Organ Transplantation


Part 6:  Life after Life

Chapter 14:    Life after Life


Part 7:  The Future of Death, Dying, & Bereavement

Chapter 15:    The Road Ahead

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