474 pages | 81 B/W Illus.
In this introductory text on thanatology, Alan Kemp continues to take on the central question of mortality: the centrality of death coupled with the denial of death in the human experience. Drawing from the work of Ernest Becker, Death, Dying, and Bereavement in a Changing World provides a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach to the study of death, putting extra emphasis on the how death takes place in a rapidly changing world.
This new, second edition includes the most up-to-date research, data, and figures related to death and dying. New research on the alternative death movement, natural disaster-related deaths, and cannabis as a form of treatment for life-threatening illnesses, and updated research on physician-assisted suicide, as well as on grief as it relates to the DSM-5 have been added.
Preface; PART I: Introduction and Context; Chapter 1: Lifting the Pall; Chapter 2: Death and Dying in a Rapidly Changing World; Chapter 3: For Everything There Is a Season; Chapter 4: Coureurs de Bois; PART II: Death; Chapter 5: The Grim Reaper through Time; Chapter 6: The Grim Reaper Today; Chapter 7: Traumatic Death; PART III: Dying; Chapter 8: In the Valley of the Shadow; Chapter 9: Intensive Caring; PART IV: Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning; Chapter 10: Life After Loss; Chapter 11: When Grief Goes Awry; PART V: Legal and Ethical Borderlands; Chapter 12: Physician-Assisted Death; Chapter 13: Withdrawing Life Support and Organ Transplantation; PART VI: Into the Future; Chapter 14: Life after Life; Chapter 15: The Road Ahead; Glossary; References; Index