By John S. Stephenson

ISBN-10: 0029313309

ISBN-13: 9780029313305

ISBN-10: 1416573569

ISBN-13: 9781416573562

How do american citizens focus on demise? Do our emotions approximately demise effect the way in which we are living? How are our principles of demise assorted from these of our ancestors?

These questions and others are addressed during this leading edge new e-book -- a complete, interdisciplinary method of the strategies, practices, and reviews bearing on demise and loss of life within the usa. Drawing on sociology and psychology in addition to historical past and literature, John S. Stephenson surveys the diversity of person and social responses to demise -- from our very belief of its aspiring to the complicated moral dilemmas surrounding suicide and euthanasia.

Stephenson synthesizes a theoretical point of view of loss of life from the contributions of such very important thinkers as Freud, Jung, Ernest Becker, and Robert Jay Lifton. He experiences the evolution of yank attitudes and behaviors towards loss of life -- from the Puritan period to the current, and charts the importance of such companies for the demise as hospitals, hospices, and nursing houses. Bereavement as either own response (grief) and social conference (mourning) can also be mentioned, as is the denial of loss of life as a coping mechanism for people and associations alike.

In his ultimate chapters, Stephenson analyzes the ceremonies of dying (including gravestones as social symptoms) and gives a psychosocial review of suicide as a last, determined try and assert keep watch over. He concludes by way of exploring the results of euthanasia at a time whilst know-how can expand lifestyles dramatically yet isn't really continuously in a position to assuring its quality.

Throughout, actual case examples -- many drawn from Stephenson's personal medical paintings -- illustrate the multi-faceted imagery and studies that include the yankee approach of death.

Stephenson's publication can be welcomed through sociologists, psychologists, social staff, non secular leaders, nurses, and others involved in taking care of the loss of life and the bereaved. it's a tremendous and skillfully written paintings that crosses disciplinary obstacles to supply a necessary synthesis of latest wisdom and supply educators and pros a company beginning for instructing, perform, and research.

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