The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-02-06
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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The best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance offers an interdisciplinary introduction to death, dying, and bereavement. Integrating the experiential and the scholarly, as well as the emotional and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, the seventh edition has been thoroughly revised to provide the most cutting-edge coverage of death studies.

Table of Contents

Prologue, by David Gordon

1. Attitudes Toward Death: A Cimate of Change

2. Learning About Death: The Influence of Sociocultural Forces

3. Perspectives on Death: Cross-Cultural and Historical

4. Health Care Systems: Patients, Staff, and Institutions

5. Death Systems: Matters of Public Policy

6. Facing Death: Living with Life-Threatening Illness

7. End-of-Life Issues and Decisions

8. Survivors: Understanding the Experience of Loss

9. Last Rites: Funerals and Body Disposition

10. Death in the Lives of Children and Adolescents

11. Death in the Lives of Adults

12. Suicide

13. Risks of Death in the Modern World

14. Beyond Death / After Life

15. The Path Ahead: Personal and Social Choices

Epilogue, by David Gordon

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