Summary: This landmark text in death education draws on contributions from the social and behavioral sciences as well as the humanities, such as history, religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts, to provide thorough coverage of understanding death and the dying process. Edition/Copyright: 8TH 04
The text focuses on both individual and societal attitudes and how they influence both how and when we die and how we live and deal with the knowledge of death and loss. Robert Kastenbaum is a ...show more renowned scholar in the field who developed one of the world's first death education courses and introduced the first text for this market.
New To This Edition
- The author provides a human voice by including stories of real people trying to cope with their own difficult situations, enabling students to examine death from a more human perspective.
- Includes full chapter on end-of-life issues and decisions (Ch. 7).
- Discusses sudden and unexpected deaths of famous and admired people such as John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Princess Diana and how these deaths arouse widespread grief and violate society's sense of security and order.
- Includes topics such as people living with a particular risk like hemophilia, the implications of virtual reality for how we live and die, "suicide-by-cop" and AIDS-related suicide, and how changes in American life have affected the funeral process.
- Using case examples and exercises throughout the text, students can reflect upon their own experiences with death.
- Coordinates with the video series "A Personal Understanding of Death," produced by the Annenberg/CPB project. Kastenbaum is the required text for this award-winning series consisting of ten 30-minute video segments, and Allyn & Bacon provides print user guides for students and faculty using both this text and the videos.
- Coverage of September 11th examines the effects of terrorist activity (Ch. 1).
- Expanded presentation of life and death from various world religion perspectives helps students to examine death in a broader context (Ch. 3).
- Introduces new suggestions for improving the care of the terminally ill by examining several medical, psychological, community, and spiritual perspectives (Ch. 6).
- Coverage of violent death has been improved and updated in light of the Washington, D.C., area serial killings, presenting students with the most up-to-date examples and research possible (Ch. 9).
- Increased coverage on brain death and the implications of organ donation (Ch. 3), abortion, assisted death, and euthanasia (Ch. 10) provides students with the most comprehensive text on death and dying on the market.
- This edition introduces new developments in the cryonics movement in order to promote student comprehension and questioning of overcoming death by technology (Ch. 14).
- New PowerPoint lecture presentation for instructors is available online.
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.