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Death and Bereavement Around the World
Reflective Essays: Volume 5

ISBN 9780895032393
Published January 15, 2009 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

This final volume of ""Death and Bereavement Around the World"" reflects on some major themes: death and after-life, religion and spirituality, rites and rituals, secularist approaches, cultural variations, suicide, and other issues. The first few chapters describe progress in end-of-life care, including some new tools to evaluate hospice care (chapter 1); what children know, when they know it, and how parents can respond to questions, with some guidelines for support by schools (chapter 2); the importance of ritual (chapter 3); and, gender differences in death customs around the world (chapter 4).The transcript of a 1997 interview of John (Jack) Morgan by Pittu Laungani is presented as chapter 5. The following chapters discuss death systems and suicide (chapter 6); HIV/AIDS, including the role of cultural and economic factors in the spread of the disease (chapter 7); and grief and bereavement in the developing world, taking the AIDS pandemic as a specific challenge (chapter 8). Chapter 9 covers issues related to dying and death in Romania. In chapter 10 the focus is on the various functions and uses of names in a cross-cultural context. Roadside memorials as a pivotal healing strategy are the topic of chapter 11. Chapters 12 and 13 focus on spiritual experience with loss.The final chapter presents some conclusions, and in the Epilogue, Mary Ann Morgan honors the life, career, dying, death, and achievements of John (Jack) Morgan. The 'Final Word' includes the words of Pittu Laungani, from a book published just weeks before his death in February 2007.This work is for anyone interested in or working in death and bereavement issues, particularly academics, educators, librarians, chaplains, clergy, funeral service directors, hospice care providers and volunteers, palliative care providers, nurses, immigration officers, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, and counselors, especially bereavement counselors.

Table of Contents

PREFACE Stephen Palmer

 GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO SERIES John D Morgan, Pittu Laungani and Stephen Palmer


 TRIBUTE TO PITTU: Reflections on the Last Months of His Life and Achievements Ann Laungani

        PART 1 Pittu Laungani

        PART 2 Stephen Palmer

 End of Life Care Stephen Connor

 Children and Death Around the World Robert Stevenson

 Ritual: Making Special: The Right of Every Griever  Harold Ivan Smith

 Gender Differences in Death Customs Around the World Tom Golden

 Pittu Laungani in Conversation with John D. Morgan Pittu Laungani and John D. Morgan

 Death Systems and Suicide Around the World Antoon Leenaars

 AIDS = Death Inge B. Corless

 Grief and Bereavement in the Developing World Val Maasdorp and Rona Martin

 Death and Bereavement in Romania Marius Rotar

 Names and their Uses Sam Silverman

 Roadside Memorials: Beyond Individual Grieving Iara Costa and Roy Moodley

 Spiritual Experiences with Loss: Encouragement or Disaster? Rev. Richard Gilbert

 Spirituality, Dying, Death, and Bereavement: Time for a Radically Expanded Definition of Spirituality Kate Arthur

 Conclusion Stephen Palmer

 Reflection on the Life of John Daniel Morgan: A Journey to Wholeness Mary Ann Morgan

 FINAL WORD Pittu Laungani

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John Morgan (Author) ,  Stephen Palmer (Director, Centre for Coaching, UK) (Author) ,  Pittu Laungani (was Reader in Psychology at South Bank University) (Author) ,  Dale Lund (Author)