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Death, Dying and Bereavement (4 volumes)

Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare

Edited by Ken Doka

Routledge – 2004 – 1,856 pages

Series: Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare

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The study of death and dying truly crosses disciplinary boundaries. Scholars in the field represent a wide spectrum of disciplines in medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, philosophy, health education and the humanities. The volumes in this collection therefore take a broad and interdisciplinary approach and cover a wide range of materials, including classic studies that have helped frame the field, significant research that has influenced the development of the field, and current cutting-edge material. Moreover, the work brings together theory, research and clinical practice.


Volume I: The Human Encounter with Death

Introduction: ‘The Emergence of Death as a "Social Problem" and Academic Discipline’.

Part 1: The Death System

R. Blauner (1966) ‘Death and the social structure’, Psychiatry, 29, 378–94.

H. Feifel (1960) ‘The taboo on death’, The American Behavioral Scientist, May, 66–7.

T. Parsons (1963) ‘Death in American society: a brief working paper’, The American Behavioral Scientist, May, 61–5.

Part 2: Death—Historical Perspectives

S. Fleming (1986) ‘Plague: The medieval scourge’, Archeology, 39, 72–84.

R. J. Lifton (1963) ‘Psychological effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima’, Daedalus, 92, 462–97.

A. N. Muvumba (2003) ‘Plague of our times’, World Today, 59, 20–22.

Part 3: Death in Philosophy and Religion

M. Thorne (2003) ‘Atheists in foxholes: christians in uniform’ Humanist, 63, 19–23.

T. Bjarnason and M. Welch (2004) ‘Father knows best: parishes, priests and American Catholics’ attitudes toward capital punishment’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43, 103–18.

S. Rubin and H. Yasien-Esmael (2004) ‘Loss and bereavement among Israel’s Muslims: Acceptance of God’s will, grief and relationship to the deceased’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 49, 149–63.

K. Siegel and E. Schrimshaw (2002) ‘The perceived benefits of religious and spiritual coping among older adults living with HIV/AIDS’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 41, 91–102.

E. Mohkarrising-den Boer and H. Zock (2004) ‘Dreams of passage: An object-relational perspective on a case of a Hindu death ritual’, Religion, 34, 1–10.

J. Jacobs (2004) ‘From the profane to the sacred: Ritual and mourning at sites of terror and violence’, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43, 311–15.

Part 4: Death in Music, Art and Literature

R. Wolf (2001) ‘Emotional dimensions of ritual music among the Kotas, a south Indian tribe’, Ethnomusicology, 45, 379–422.

L. Kramer (2001) ‘Chopin at the funeral: Episodes in the history of modern death’, Journal of the American Musicology Society, 54, 97–125.

I. Inglis (2004) ‘A brief life: Broken hearts and sudden death’, Popular Music, 27, 477–88.

E. Baulch (2003) ‘Gesturing elsewhere: The identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene’, Popular Music, 22, 105–215.

T. Schroeder-Sheker (1994) ‘Music for the dying: A personal account of the new field of Music-Thanatology—History, theory and clinical narratives’, Journal of Holistic Nursing, 12, 83–99.

E. Fraser (2003) ‘Delacroix’s Sardanapalus: The life and death of the royal body’, French Historical Studies, 26, 315–49.

M. Denton (2003) ‘Death in French Archady: Nicholas Poussin’s "The Arcadian Shepherds" and burial reform in France c. 1880’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 36, 195–216.

A. Sanchez-Escalonilla (2005) ‘The hero as a visitor in Hell: The descent into death in film structure’, Journal of Popular Film and Television, 32, 149–56.

L. G. Nichols and S. Lister (1999) ‘Using art therapy with pediatric oncology patients’, in S. Bertman (ed.), Grief and the healing arts: Creativity as therapy (Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co.), pp. 99–117.

B. Meyer (2003) ‘Till death do us part: The consumptive Victorian heroine in popular romantic fiction’, Journal of Popular Culture, 37, 287–308.

M. Keaveney (2004) ‘Death be not proud: An analysis of Margaret Edison’s "Wit"’, Women and Literature, 27, 40–44.

Part 5: The Emergence of Death Studies

V. Pine (1977) ‘A socio-historical portrait of death education’, Death Education, 1: 57–84.

V. Pine (1986) ‘The age of maturity for death education: A socio-historical portrait of the era 1976–1985’, Death Studies, 10: 209–31.

C. Corr, K. Doka and R. Kastenbaum (1999) ‘Dying and its interpreters: A review of selected literature and some comments on the state of the field’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 39: 239–59.

Volume II: Developmental Perspectives

Introduction: ‘Death in Human Development’.

Part 1: Children’s Understanding of Death

Z. Anthony and K. Bhana (1988–9) ‘An exploratory study of Muslim girls understanding of death’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 19, 215–27.

M. Bluebond-Langner, D. Perkel, T. Goertzal, K. Nelson and J. McGeary (1990) ‘Children’s knowledge of cancer and its treatment: Impact of an oncology camp experience’, The Journal of Pediatrics, 116, 207–13.

S. Brent, C. Lin, M. Speece, Q. Dong and C. Yang (1996) ‘The development of the concept of death between Chinese and US children 3–17 years of age: From binary to "fuzzy" concepts?’ Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 33, 67–83.

R. Kastenbaum (2000) ‘The kingdom where nobody dies’, in K. Doka (ed.), Living with grief: Children, adolescents and loss (Washington, DC: Hospice Foundation of America), pp. 5–20.

B. Kenyon (2001) ‘Current research on children’s conceptions of death: A critical review’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 43, 63–91.

A. Maurer (1966) ‘Maturation of the concept of death’, British Journal of Medicine and Psychology, 3, 35–41.

M. Metzgar and B. C. Zick (1996) ‘Building the foundation: Preparation before a trauma’, in C. A. Corr and D. M. Corr (eds.), Handbook of childhood death and bereavement (New York: Springer), pp. 245–64.

M. Nagy (1948) ‘The child’s theories concerning death’, Journal of Genetic Psychology, 23, 3–27.

D. J. Schonfeld and S. Smilansky (1989) ‘A cross-cultural comparison of Isreali and American children’s death concepts’, Death Studies, 13, 593–604.

M. Speece and S. B. Brent (1996) ‘The development of children’s understanding of death’, in C. A. Corr and D. Corr (eds.), Handbook of childhood death and bereavement (New York: Springer), pp. 29–50.

J. Stillion, H. Goodrow and A. Klingman (1988) ‘Dimensions of the shadow: Children of six nations respond to the nuclear threat’, Death Studies, 12, 227–51.

Part 2: Adolescent Experiences with Death

C. A. Corr and D. M. Corr (1998) ‘Key elements in a framework for helping grieving children and adolescents’, Illness, Crisis, and Loss, 6(2), 142–60.

R. Kastenbaum (1959) ‘Time and death in adolescence’, in H. Fiefel (ed.), The meaning of death (New York: McGraw-Hill), pp. 99–113.

A. Maurer (1964) ‘Adolescent attitudes toward death’, Journal of Genetic Psychology, 105, 79–90.

I. Noppe and L. Noppe (1997) ‘Evolving meanings of death during early, middle and late adolescence’, Death Studies, 21, 253–75.

H. Wass, J. L. Rapp and H. H. Sisler (1989) ‘Adolescents and death on television: A follow-up study’, Death Studies, 13: 161–73.

Part 3: Adult Perspectives on Death

K. Doka (1995) ‘The awareness of mortality in midlife: Implications for later life’, in J. Kauffman (ed.), The awareness of mortality (Amityville, NY: Baywood), pp. 111–20.

J. L. Drolet (1990) ‘Transcending death during early adulthood: Symbolic immortality, death anxiety, and purpose in life’, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 46, 148–60.

C. Gait and B. Hayslip (1998) ‘Age-differences in levels of overt and covert death anxiety’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 37, 187–202.

C. Ramussen and C. Brems (1996) ‘The relationship of death-anxiety with age and psychological maturity’, Journal of Psychology, 130, 141–4.

Part 4: Death in Later Life

R. A. Brumback, (1985) ‘"Terminal drop" as a sign of depression in elderly individuals: An hypothesis’, Psychological Reports, 57, 84–6.

R. Butler (1963) ‘The life review: An interpretation of reminiscence in the aged’, Psychiatry, 26, 65–76.

G. Chellam (1977) ‘Awareness of death and self-engagement in later life: The engagement continuum’, Journal of Ageing and Human Development, 8, 111.

B. V. Fortner and R. A. Neimeyer (1999) ‘Death anxiety in older adults: A quantitative review’, Death Studies, 23, 387–411.

V. Marshall (1975) ‘Age and awareness of finitude in developmental gerontology’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 6, 113–29.

S. R. Saul and S. Saul (1973) ‘Old people talk about death’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 4, 27–35.

W. Swenson (1961) ‘Attitudes toward death in an older population’, Journal of Gerontology, 16, 49–52.

N. White and W. R. Cunningham (1988) ‘Is terminal drop specific or pervasive?’, Journal of Gerontology, 43, 41–4.

Conclusion: ‘Developmental Perspectives on Death: Filling the Gaps in Research, Theory and Practice’.

Volume III: Illness, Dying and Death

Introduction: ‘Dealing with Dying’

Part 1: Coping with Life-Threatening Illness and Death

C. Knight Aldrich (1963) ‘The dying patient’s grief’, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 184, 229–31.

M. Bluebond-Langner (1989) ‘Worlds of dying children and their well siblings’, Death Studies, 13, 1–16.

I. Byock (1996) ‘The nature of suffering and the nature of opportunity at the end of life’, Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 12, 237–352.

C. A. Corr (1992) ‘A task-based approach to coping with dying’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 25, 81–94.

C. A. Corr (1993) ‘Coping with dying: Lessons we should and should not learn from the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’, Death Studies, 17, 69–83.

B. Davies, E. Deveau, B. deVeber, D. Howell, I. Martinson, D. Papadatou, E. Pask and M. Stevens (1998), ‘Experiences of mothers in five countries whose child died of cancer’, Cancer Nursing, 21, 301–11.

K. J. Doka (1995), ‘Coping with life-threatening illness: A task-based approach’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 32: 111–22.

J. M. Hinton, (1963) ‘The physical and mental distress of the dying’, Quarterly Journal of Medicine, 32, 1–21.

D. Klass and R. A. Hutch (1985) ‘Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as a religious leader’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying,16, 89–109.

K. Kramer (2005) ‘You cannot die alone: Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (July 8, 1926–August 24, 2004’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 50, 83–102.

E. Kubler-Ross, S. Wessler, and L. Avioli (1972) ‘On death and dying’, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 221, 174–9.

D. Papadatou (1989) ‘Europe against cancer: Caring for the dying adolescent’, Nursing Times, 85(18), 28–31.

R. Schulz and D. Aderman (1974) ‘Clinical research and the stages of dying’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 5, 137–43.

A. D. Weisman (1979) ‘A model for psychosocial phasing in cancer’, General Hospital Psychiatry, 1, 187–95.

Part 2: Care of the Dying: Hospice and Palliative Care as International Social Movements, Ethics of Assisted Suicide

S. Aranda (1999) ‘Global perspectives on palliative care’, Cancer Nursing, 22, 33–9.

C. M. Parkes (1979) ‘Terminal care: Evaluation of in-patient services at St. Christopher’s Hospice. Part I, Views of the surviving spouse on effects of the service on the patient. Part II, Self-assessment of effects of the services on surviving spouses’, Postgraduate Medical Journal, 55, 517–27.

K. Patel (2004) ‘Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide policy in The Netherlands and Oregon: A comparative analysis’, Journal of Health and Social Policy, 19, 37–55.

C. Saunders (1999) ‘Origins, international perspectives, then and now’, The Hospice Journal, 14, 1–7.

C. Saunders (1979) ‘Hospice care’, Indian Journal of Cancer, 16, 1–4.

B. Steinbock (2005) ‘The case for assisted suicide: Not (yet) proven’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 31, 235–41.

Part 3: Modes of Death

P. Janoff-Hulman and C. Wortman (1977) ‘Severe accident victims react to their lot’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35, 351–63.

J. T. Mitchell (1977) ‘When disaster strikes: The critical incident stress debriefing process’, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, 8, 36–9.

C. M. Parkes (1977) ‘Psychiatric problems following by bereavement by murder or suicide’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 49–53.

E. Shneidman (1969) ‘Suicide, lethality and the psychological autopsy’, International Psychiatry Clinics, 6, 225–50.

S. Wesseley and M. Deahl (2003) ‘Psychological debriefing as a waste of time’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 12–21.

Part 4: Care for the Caregivers

C. Figley (2002) ‘Compassion fatigue: Psychotherapists’ chronic lack of self-care’, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 1433–41.

D. Papadatou (2000) ‘A proposed model of health professionals grieving process’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 41, 59–77.

M. Vachon (1998) ‘Caring for the caregivers in oncology and palliative care’, Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 14, 152–7.

Volume IV: Loss and Grief

Introduction: ‘The Understanding of Loss and Grief’.

Part 1: Funerals, Memorials and Rituals

P. Irion (1991) ‘Funeral rites and ceremonies’, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 22, 159–72.

R. Fulton (1961) ‘The clergyman and the funeral director: A study in role conflict’, Social Forces, 39, 317–23.

T. A. Rando (1985) ‘Creating therapeutic rituals in the psycho-therapy of the bereaved’, Psychotherapy, 23, 236–40.

Part 2: Understanding Grief and Loss—Early Perspectives

C. Anderson (1949) ‘Aspects of pathological grief and mourning’, International Journal of Psychology, 30, 48.

R. W. Barthrop, L. Lazarus, E. Luckhorse, L. Kiloh and R. Pennry (1977) ‘Depressed lymphocyte function after bereavement’, Lancet, 16 April, 834–46.

H. Deutsch (1937) ‘Absence of grief’, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 6, 12–22.

G. L. Engel (1961) ‘Is grief a disease?’, Psychosomatic Medicine, 23, 18–22.

S. Freud (1917) Mourning and Melancholia, Standard Edition, Vol. XIV (London: Hogarth Press) (extract).

E. Lindemann (1944) ‘The symptomatology and management of acute grief’, American Journal of Psychiatry, 6, 193–9.

C. M. Parkes (1965) ‘Bereavement and mental illness. Part I: A clinical study of the grief of bereaved psychiatric patients. Part II: A classification of bereavement reactions’, British Journal of Medical Psychology, 38, 1–26.

C. M. Parkes, B. Benjamin and R. G. Fitzgerald (1969) ‘Broken heart: A statistical study of increased mortality among widowers’, British Medical Journal, 1, 740.

C. M. Parkes (1971) ‘Psychosocial transitions: A field for study’, Social Science and Medicine, 5, 101–15.

P. Silverman (1969) ‘The widow-to-widow program’, Mental Hygiene, 35, 33.

Part 3: Challenging the Paradigm—New Understandings of Grief

G. Bonnano (2004) ‘Loss, trauma and human resilience: Have we underestimated the human capacity to thrive after extremely aversive events?’, American Psychologist, 59, 20–28.

L. G. Calhoun and R. G. Tedeschi (2004) ‘The foundations of posttraumatic growth: New considerations’, Psychological Inquiry, 15, 93–102.

K. J. Doka (2002) ‘Introduction: Disenfranchised grief’, in K. J. Doka (ed.), Disenfranchised Grief: New Directions, Challenges and Strategies for Practice (Champaign, IL: Research Press), pp. 5–22.

J. R. Jordan and R. A. Neimeyer (2003) ‘Does grief counseling work?’, Death Studies, 27, 765–86.

D. Klass and R. Goss (2003) ‘The politics of grief and continuing bonds with the dead: The cases of Maoist China and Wahhabi Islam’, Death Studies, 27, 787–812.

R. Neimeyer (2001) ‘Searching for the meaning of meaning: Grief therapy and the process of reconstruction’, Death Studies, 24, 541–58.

S. Nolen-Hoeksema, A. McBride and J. Larson (1997) ‘Rumination and psychological distress among bereaved partners’, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 855–62.

H. Prigerson, M. Shear and S. Jacobs (1999) ‘Consensus criteria for complicated grief: A preliminary empirical test’, British Journal of Psychiatry, 174, 67–73.

B. Rapheal (1977) ‘Preventive intervention with the recently bereaved’, Archives of General Psychiatry, 34, 1450–4.

P. Rosenblatt (2003) ‘Bereavement in cross-cultural perspective’, in C. Bryant (ed.), Handbook of Death and Dying, Vol. 2 (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage), pp. 855–61.

S. Rubin (1999) ‘The two track model of bereavement: Overview, retrospect and prospect’, Death Studies, 23, 681–714.

P. Silverman, S. Nickman and J. W. Worden (1992) ‘Detachment revisited: The child’s reconstruction of a dead parent’, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 62, 492–503.

M. Stroebe and H. Schut (1999) ‘The dual process model of coping with bereavement: Rationale and description’, Death Studies, 23, 197–234.

C. Wortman and R. Silver (1989) ‘The myths of coping with loss’, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 349–57.

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