Death and Dying, Life and Living,
8th Edition

Charles A. Corr, Donna M. Corr, Kenneth J. Doka

ISBN-13: 9781337563895 | ISBN-10: 1337563897

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 768 pages

List Price USD $196.95


Practical and inspiring, this book helps you learn how to navigate encounters with death, dying, and bereavement. The authors emphasize ways that individuals and families can cope with life-threatening illness, grief, funerals, and other death-related topics -- including how to communicate constructively in the face of death. You'll learn about aided death -- a topic on many people's minds these days -- as well as about Alzheimer's disease and other life-altering conditions and prominent causes of death. You'll read personal stories and get insight into cultural and religious perspectives that affect people's encounters, attitudes, and practices in death-related matters. And you'll discover that you can gain important lessons about life and living from the study of death, dying, and bereavement.

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Meet the Authors

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Dr. Charles A. Corr has been teaching and writing in the field of death, dying, and bereavement since 1975. He is a prolific contributor to this field, having been author, co-author, or co-editor of 30 books and more than 100chapters and articles in professional journals. Dr. Corr's professional work has been recognized by awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling, , Children's Hospice International, the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.

Donna M. Corr has worked as a nurse in a variety of critical care, oncology, and hospice settings. In addition, she was for 17 years a faculty member (rising from Instructor to Professor) in the Nursing Faculty of St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, and then a lecturer for two semesters at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her publications include five books and more than two dozen articles and chapters. Books edited by Donna and/or Charles Corr have received five Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing.

Kenneth J. Doka (Ph.D., FT) is a Professor of Counseling at the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle, an ordained Lutheran minister, a licensed mental health counselor, and Senior Consultant to The Hospice Foundation of America, for whom he hosts annual teleconferences and edits the monthly Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. Dr. Doka introduced the groundbreaking concepts of disenfranchised grief and adaptive grieving styles. His publications include over 100 chapters and articles in professional journals, as well as 35 books, the most recent of which are DISENFRANCHISED GRIEF: NEW DIRECTIONS, CHALLENGES, AND STRATEGIES FOR PRACTICE (2002), COUNSELING INDIVIDUALS WITH LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS (2009), GRIEVING BEYOND GENDER: UNDERSTANDING THE WAYS MEN AND WOMEN MOURN (2010), and GRIEF IS A JOURNEY (2016). A long-time member of both ADEC (President, 1993-1994) and IWG (Chairperson, 1997-1999), Dr. Doka is editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, one of the two major professional journals in this field. He received a Special Contributions to the Field Award from ADEC; the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Concordia College; and awards from the Scott and White Medical System, the Billy Esposito Foundation, and the Center for Death Education and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

  • Updates to the eighth edition include a distinctive vignette on the Death Café movement, an example of a personal death-related encounter involving one of the authors, a new section on Terror Management Theory, a new box on Active Listening Techniques, an expanded account of pediatric palliative/hospice care, a new graphic illustration of the roles of digital and social media in coping with loss and achieving digital immortality, and acknowledgement of efforts by the Conversation Project to encourage discussions of end-of-life issues.
  • Kenneth J. Doka, who introduced the groundbreaking concepts of disenfranchised grief and adaptive grieving styles, joins the author team. This edition incorporates his schema of new understandings of bereavement, grief, and mourning.
  • Issues for Critical Reflection boxes motivate discussion on such topics as: differences in key mortality statistics between the United States and Canada; mass murders; what we can learn from the legacy of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; the value of talking to children about death; criticisms of living wills; artificial feeding for people in permanent vegetative states; and Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.
  • The book's consistent structure frames a variety of themes and topics: the components of death-related experiences (encounters, attitudes, and practices); gender, racial, and cultural influences; death systems in our society and different parts of the world; efforts to cope with dying and bereavement and ways to help people cope; developmental influences on death-related experiences; lessons about life and living that can be learned from the study of death, dying, and bereavement; and appreciation of moral, ethical, and spiritual values related to death, dying, and bereavement.
  • A practical orientation highlights helping with death-related experiences -- helping others; helping oneself; and helping through families, social groups, institutions, and communities.
  • The authors use a task-based approach to explain how individuals and communities can cope with life-threatening illness and dying, loss and grief, and funeral and memorial rituals -- and as bereaved children, adolescents, or adults of different ages.
  • An emphasis on cultural patterns within American society recognizes distinctive modes of death-related encounters, attitudes, and practices typically found in Americans of Hispanic, African, Asian or Pacific Island, and American-Indian or Alaskan Native backgrounds, as well as other examples of diversity in our society.
  • Broad, practical coverage of death-related issues balances data-heavy analyses with inspirational prose and coping strategies. The authors approach controversial topics that are often not covered in other books, such as assisted suicide, euthanasia, and aid in dying; and organ and tissue donation.
  • The book can be used as a primary textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in death, dying, and bereavement; as a supplementary text in related courses; and as a general resource. A flexible organization allows instructors to cover the book's seven parts in any order; in addition, most chapters within each part are self-contained.
  • Four chapters present developmental perspectives, offering detailed accounts of death-related issues faced by children, adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults -- more than any other comparable book in the field. These chapters are supported by three Appendices containing annotated descriptions of over 250 death-related books for children and adolescents.
  • Personal Insights boxes offer unique points of view, including: a chaplain's reflection on differences between his role and that of a pastor; Auden on grief; a poem reflecting on the so-called "five stages of grief"; a bill of rights composed by grieving teens; a wife whose cervical fusion was based on donated bone from her deceased husband; a person with a progressive paralysis who compares her situation to that of the wounded man in the Good Samaritan parable; advice from two women who have lived with a spouse who died from different dementias; and numerous accounts of personal bereavement.
  • Focus On boxes explore specific topics or provide resources for further exploration; for instance, HIV/AIDS; how death systems responded to natural disasters; what children's books can teach us about cultural differences, pet loss, suicide, Buddhist perspectives, and individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease; the bereavement of service dog owners; typical cost items for funeral services; funeral and bereavement resources; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; practical ways to help suicidal persons; and how Robin Williams and Glen Campbell responded differently to their dementia diagnoses.

Table of Contents

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1. Education about Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
2. Changing Encounters with Death.
3. Changing Attitudes toward Death.
4. Death-Related Practices and the American Death System.
5. Cultural Patterns and Death.
6. Coping with Dying.
7. Coping with Dying: How Individuals Can Help.
8. Coping with Dying: How Communities Can Help.
9. Coping with Loss and Grief.
10. Coping with Loss and Grief: How Individuals Can Help.
11. Coping with Loss and Grief: Funeral Practices and Other Ways Communities Can Help.
12. Children.
13. Adolescents.
14. Young and Middle-Aged Adults.
15. Older Adults.
16. Legal Issues.
17. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
18. Aided Death: Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Aid in Dying.
19. The Meaning and Place of Death in Life.
20. Illustrating the Themes of This Book: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.
Epilogue: Calendar Date Gives Mom Reason to Contemplate Life.
Appendix A. Selected Literature for Children: Annotated Descriptions.
Appendix B. Selected Literature for Adolescents: Annotated Descriptions.
Appendix C. Activity Books and Memory Books for Young Readers: Annotated Descriptions.

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