Handbook of Death and Dying

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Clifton D. Bryant
SAGE, 2003 - Death - 1088 pages
Review: "More than 100 scholars contributed to this carefully researched, well-organized, informative, and multi-disciplinary source on death studies. Volume 1, "The Presence of Death," examines the cultural, historical, and societal frameworks of death, such as the universal fear of death, spirituality and varioius religions, the legal definition of death, suicide, and capital punishment. Volume 2, "The Response to Death," covers such topics as rites and ceremonies, grief and bereavement, and legal matters after death."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.
 

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Giving the view that it is actually the eldery group who have the most anxiety to face death

Contents

CONFRONTING DEATH
3
Chapter 2 Historical Changes in the Meaning of Death in the Western Tradition
14
Western Philosophical Strategies
24
Hiding and Camouflaging Death
34
Chapter 5 Death Dying and the Dead in Popular Culture
43
Description History and Analysis
50
KEEPING THE DEAD ALIVE
57
The Technology of Death
65
THE ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSE TO DEATH
544
Chapter 54 DeathRelated Work Systems Outside the Funeral Home
556
FUNERAL1ZATION IN THE UNITED STATES
567
Chapter 56 The Evolution of the Funeral Home and the Occupation of Funeral Director
575
Chapter 57 The American Funeral
587
Chapter 58 Black Funeralization and Culturally Grounded Services
598
Chapter 59 On the Economics of Death in the United States
604
FUNERALIZATION IN CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
611

The Dead as Visitors in CrossCultural Perspective
77
The Dead Among Us
87
CrossCultural Perspectives
96
RELIGIOUS AFTERDEATH BELIEFS
110
Chapter 13 Religion and the Mediation of Death Fear
117
Chapter 14 Christian Beliefs Concerning Death and Life After Death
126
Chapter 15 NearDeath Experiences as Secular Eschatology
137
DEATH AND SOCIAL EXCHANGE
148
Ceremonial Interment as Sacred Compact
159
The Relevance of an Underutilized Concept
173
VARIANTS IN MORALITY AND MEANING
183
THE IMPORT OF CONTEXT AND CIRCUMSTANCE
185
Variations and Their Consequences for the Experience of Dying
198
Accidental Deaths
211
Individual Reactions and Social Responses to Massive Loss of Life
223
Chapter 23 On the Role and Meaning of Death in Terrorism
236
Chapter 24 Death Attributed to Medical Error
246
Chapter 25 Homicidal Death
256
PREPERSONALITY DEATHS
264
Chapter 27 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
275
THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF DEATH
284
Chapter 29 Death Education
292
THE CONTINUATION OF IDENTITY
302
Part III DEATH AND SOCIAL CONTROVERSY
307
SUICIDE
309
Chapter 32 Suicide and Suicide Trends in the United States 19001999
319
The Aftermath of Suicide and Suicidal Behavior
339
Chapter 34 CrossCultural Perspectives on Suicide
351
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
357
Chapter 36 Capital Punishment in the United States
368
Chapter 37 Military Executions
378
ABORTION
386
THE HIVAIDS EPIDEMIC
397
EUTHANASIA
405
Chapter 41 PhysicianAssisted Death
424
DYING AS SOCIAL PROCESS
435
THE APPROACH OE DEATH
437
An Update on the Relationship Between Terminal Patients and Medicine
448
DYING
457
Neglected Dimensions of Identity Work
468
THE INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT OF DEATH
475
Chapter 47 The History of the Hospice Approach
485
The Case of Death in Prison
495
Chapter 49 Formal and Informal Caregiving at the End of Life
502
Cover
510
Contents
510
THE RESPONSE TO DEATH
511
BEFORE THE FUNERAL
513
Chapter 51 The Autopsy
523
Chapter 52 A Social History of Embalming
534
Rituals in Kitlike Form
619
Chapter 62 The Native American Way of Death
631
Chapter 63 The Hindu Way of Death
640
Chapter 64 The Muslim Way of Death
649
Chapter 65 The Japanese Way of Death
656
Chapter 66 The Taoist Chinese Way of Death
673
Chapter 67 The Jewish Way of Death
687
POSTFUNERALIZATION ACTIVITIES
694
Some Notes on a Typology of Cemetery Visitation in Western Cultures
703
Chapter 70 Impromptu Memorials to the Dead
712
Comfort Community and Culture
721
Gravemarkers Cemeteries and Memorials as Material Form and Context
730
Part VI BODY DISPOSITION
741
ELYSIUM AS REAL ESTATE
743
Chapter 74 Pet Burial in the United States
757
OPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES
767
Chapter 76 Body Recycling
775
The Cryonics Movement and Frozen Immortality
786
Minor Modes
792
OTHER TIMES OTHER PLACES
801
Prehistoric and Modern NonWestern Societies
810
Chapter 81 Mummification and Mummies in Ancient Egypt
819
Part VII THANATOLOGICAL AFTERMATH
827
GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT
829
Chapter 83 Social Dimension s of Grief
838
Chapter 84 The Experience of Grief and Bereavement
847
Chapter 85 Bereavement in CrossCultural Perspective
855
THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF SURVIVORHOOD
862
Chapter 87 Children and the Death of a Parent
871
Chapter 88 Parents and the Death of a Child
880
Part VIII THE LEGALITIES OF DEATH
889
DEATH IN LEGAL CONTEXT
891
Civil Registration Medical Certification and Social Issues
899
Chapter 91 Coroner and Medical Examiner
909
DEATH SUCCESSION AND TESTAMENTORY INHERITANCE
917
A Neglected Document in Sociological Research
926
THE LEGAL REGULATION OF DEATHRELATED ACTIVITIES
934
Chapter 95 Cemetery Regulation in the United States
941
DEATH AND LEGAL BLAME
950
Chapter 97 Negligent Death and Manslaughter
968
THE DEAD AS LEGAL ENTITY
974
Part IX THE CREATIVE IMAGINATION AND THE RESPONSE TO DEATH
987
ART
989
LITERATURE
998
Chapter 101 Arise Ye More Than Dead Culture Music and Death
1008
ORGANIC SCULPTURE
1019
Part X THE FUTURE OF DEATH
1027
Prospects and Prognosis
1029
Index
1041
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