Death & Dying, Life & Living,
9th Edition

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

ISBN-13: 9780357946923
Copyright 2025 | Published
768 pages | List Price: USD $212.95

Practical and inspiring, Corr/Corr/Doka's DEATH & DYING, LIFE & LIVING, 9th EDITION, 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, loss, grief, funerals and other death-related topics -- including how to communicate constructively in the face of death. You'll learn about aided death, the COVID-19 pandemic, Alzheimer's disease and other life-altering conditions and prominent causes of death. You'll read personal stories and vignettes highlighting how death-related encounters, attitudes and practices are affected by cultural, religious and other real-life perspectives. You will also discover that you can gain important lessons about life and living from the study of death, dying and bereavement.


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.

  • Charles A. Corr

    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

    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

    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.

  • This text provides both core structure and room to individualize so that you can implement the content in a way that suits the goals of your specific course.

  • This text will show you how to teach students about differences among encounters, attitudes and practices within the contemporary American death system.

  • We employ a task-based approach to help you explain how people can cope with and adapt to new challenges in life and living.

  • We stress a practical orientation to assist your efforts to show students how they can help themselves and others in meeting death-related challenges.

  • We emphasize distinctive racial, cultural, ethnic and religious patterns of death-related experiences to support your efforts to overcome ethnocentrism.

  • We strive to assist you in demonstrating to your students that a course on death, dying and bereavement has important lessons to offer about life and living.

  • The underlying structure of this text draws on extensive demographic and mortality data, including final data available on deaths, deaths rates and causes for the following groups: the U.S. population as a whole; four selected cultural and racial subgroups; children, adolescents, young and middle-aged adults and older adults; and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. We also provide the most recent NCHS data available on average life expectancy and place of death, as well as on accidental deaths, homicide and overdose drug deaths.

  • Our prologue is Dick Kalish’s delightful story called “The Horse on the Dining-Room Table,” in which the Guru tells us: “[I]f you speak about the horse, then you will find that others can also speak about the horse -- most others, at least, if you are gentle and kind as you speak…You cannot make magic to have the horse disappear, but you can speak of the horse and thereby render it less powerful.” That is the guidance everyone needs for coming together in the course.

  • Each of the 20 chapters in this text begins with a Vignette or Case Study to set the context for the materials that follow.

  • Figures (9) and Tables (29) draw together data, insights and illustrative models for instruction.

  • Focus On boxes (58) explore specific topics or provide resources for further exploration: 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.

  • Personal Insights boxes (40) offer unique points of view, including the following: a chaplain's reflection on differences between his role and that of a pastor; 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.

  • Issues for Critical Reflection boxes (18) spark discussion on topics including the following: 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.

  • Controversial topics are addressed that are often not covered or not explained well in other books, including assisted suicide, euthanasia and aid in dying; recent developments in aided death in Oregon, the Netherlands and Canada; organ and tissue donation; the COVID-19 pandemic; the opioid epidemic; “deaths of despair”; pediatric palliative and hospice care; perinatal palliative care; death-related issues involving adolescents; and extensive descriptions of death-related literature for young readers.

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