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Death, Dying and Bereavement

Second Edition
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© 2000 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘This second edition, which has also been edited by Samson Katz, utilizes around half of the original text, of which a significant portions has been revised and updated. The remainder comprises new material reflecting both the changes in attitudes generally towards death and dying, and also designed to meet the needs of students undertaking the revised curriculum of the K260. This book will stimulate thinking and challenge the personal views of both academics and those in practice. …[A] valuable tool for both those new to the area of palliative and cancer care and those experienced professionals searching for a new angle on several key topics in relation to ethical issues occurring in this speciality… [A]n excellent balance of theoretical contents and moving prose… [T]his book is directed towards all professionals working in health and social care. …This book is a must for pre-registration students wishing to gain greater understanding of the psychosocial issues faced by those with a terminal illness and their significant others’ - Nurse Education Today

The fully revised and updated edition of this bestselling collection combines academic research with professional and personal reflections. Death, Dying and Bereavement addresses both the practical and the more metaphysical aspects of death. Topics such as new methods of pain relief, guidelines for breaking bad news, and current attitudes to euthanasia are considered, while the mystery of death

and its wider implications are also explored.

A highly distinctive interdisciplinary approach is adopted, including perspectives from literature, theology, sociology and psychology. There are wide-ranging contributions from those who come into professional contact with death and bereavement - doctors, nurses, social workers and councellors. In addition there are more intimate personal accounts from carers and from bereaved people.

Death, Dying and Bereavement is the Course Reader for The Open University course Death and Dying, which is offered as part of The Open University Dilpoma in Health and Social Welfare.

Praise for the First Edition:

‘The book does give a broad overview of many of the issues around death, dying and bereavement. It raises the reader’s awareness and encourages deeper investigation at every level. It is easy to reda and therefore accessible to a wide audience’ - Changes

‘Provides a richly woven tapestry of personal, professional and literary accounts of death, dying and bereavement’ - Health Psychology Update

‘Offers a unique collection of fascinating information, research, stories, poems and personal reflections. It is unusual to experience such a diversity of writings in one book’ - Nursing Times

‘It brings together the knowledge and skills from a multi-occupational group and thereby offers and opportunity, to whoever reads it, to enable better experiences for those who are dying and bereaved’ - Journal of Interprofessional Care

‘For those trying to help the dying and bereaved, this volume will inspire and move you as much as it will inform and guide your work’ - Bereavement Care

‘Provides a unique overview, and in many areas, penetrating insights into various aspects of death, dying and bereavement. One of it’s major strengths is that it brings together a wide and varied discourse on death across cultures and through time’ - British Journal of Sociology

Jeanne Katz
Introduction to Second Edition
 
PART ONE: LIFE AND DEATH
Jeanne Katz
Introduction
David Clark
Death in Staithes
Philippe Ari[ac]es
Death Denied
Tony Walter, Jane Littlewood and Michael Pickering
Death in the News
The Public Invigilation of Private Emotion  
Shirley Firth
Approaches to Death in Hindu and Sikh Communities in Britain
Clive Seale
Demographic Change and the Experience of Dying
Christina R Victor
Health Policy and Services for Dying People and Their Careers
Stella Ridley
Sudden Death from Suicide
T R S
The Dream
Mary Bradbury
The Good Death?
H M Benson
Little Henry; or, God Will Take Care of Me
John Donne
Death Be Not Proud
Philip Larkin
Aubade
Dylan Thomas
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Kahil Gibran
The Prophet
Jane Martin
Doctor's Mask on Pain
Alyson Peberdy
Spiritual Care of Dying People
Leo Tolstoy
Death and the Meaning of Life
 
PART TWO: CARING FOR DYING PEOPLE
Jeanne Katz
Introduction
David Field and Julia Addington-Hall
Extending Specialist Palliative Care to All?
Moyral Sidell, Jeanne Katz and Carol Komaromy
The Case for Palliative Care in Residential and Nursing Homes
Patrick C Pietroni
Complementary Medicine
Its Place in the Care of Dying People  
Sarah Palmer
Speaking Out
Susan Leifer
Caring for Mother
Plus Postscript  
Richard Were
Living with MS
John Diamond
Saturday Times Column 3.10.98
Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Alphabet
Robert Buckman
Communication in Palliative Care
A Practical Guide  
John Diamond
Saturday Times Column 23.1.99
Dorothy Judd
Communicating with Dying Children
Jeanne Samson Katz
Jewish Perspectives on Death, Dying and Bereavement
Mitch Albom
The Syllabus
Anselm Strauss
Dying Trajectories, the Organization of Work and Expectations of Dying
Elizabeth Dean
Sitting It Out
Simone de Beauvoir
A Very Easy Death
Clare Vaughan
Teach Me to Hear Mermaids Singing
 
PART THREE: DILEMMAS AND DECISIONS AT THE END OF LIFE
Jeanne Katz
Introduction
Clare Williams
Learning the Hard Way
Anthony Masters
Somebody Loves Me
Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Judy Gilley
Intimacy and Terminal Care
Kevin Teasdale and Gerry Kent
The Use of Deception in Nursing
Johannes J M van Delden
Do-Not-Resusciate Decisions
Basiro Davey
The 'Blue-Spotted' Patient
Do-not-resuscitate decisions in the acute surgical wards of a district general hospital.  
Fiona Randall and R S Downie
The Main Tradition
William Grey
Right to Die or Duty to Live?
The Problem of Euthanasia  
Luke Gormally
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Seven Reasons Why They Should Not be Legalized  
Anonymous
A Student's Story
Christopher James Ryan
Betting Your Life
An Argument against Certain Advance Directives  
Stephen Wilkinson
Palliative Care and the Doctrine of Double Effect
Eve Gerrard
Palliative Care and the Ethics of Resource Allocation
Gillian M Craig
On Withholding Nutrition and Hydration in the Terminally Ill
Has Palliative Care Medicine Gone Too Far?  
R J Dunlop, J E Ellershaw, M J Baines, N Sykes and C M Saunders
On Withholding Nutrition and Hydration in the Terminally Ill
Has Palliative Medicine Gone Too Far? A Reply  
 
PART FOUR: BEREAVEMENT: PRIVATE GRIEF, COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY
Jeanne Katz
Introduction
Colin Murray Parkes
Bereavement as a Psychosocial Transition
Processes of Adaptation to Change  
Lindsay Prior
The Social Distribution of Sentiments
Shirley Firth
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Bereavement
Sheila Awooner-Renner
I Desperately Needed to See My Son
Evelyn Gillis
A Single Parent Confronting the Loss of an Only Child
Anonymous
Epitaph of Libby Dickenson, 1798-1818
D W Yates, G Ellison and S McGuiness
Care of the Suddenly Bereaved
Nancy Kohner
Pregnancy Loss and the Death of a Baby
Parents' Choices  
Gavin Fairbairn
When a Baby Dies
A Father's View  
Dudley Cave
Gay and Lesbian Bereavement
Maureen Oswin
The Grief That Does Not Speak
Tom Heller
Personal and Medical Memories from Hillsborough
Lesley Moreland
Ruth
Death by Murder  
William Wordsworth
Essays upon Epitaphs
Douglas Dunn
December

`[P]rovides a good introduction to the study of death, dying and bereavment' - Martality

`This second edition, which has also been edited by Samson Katz, utilizes around half of the original text, of which a significant portions has been revised and updated. The remainder comprises new material reflecting both the changes in attitudes generally towards death and dying, and also designed to meet the needs of students undertaking the revised curriculum of the K260. This book will stimulate thinking and challenge the personal views of both academics and those in practice. …[A] valuable tool for both those new to the area of palliative and cancer care and those experienced professionals searching for a new angle on several key topics in relation to ethical issues occurring in this speciality… [A]n excellent balance of theoretical contents and moving prose… [T]his book is directed towards all professionals working in health and social care. …This book is a must for pre-registration students wishing to gain greater understanding of the psychosocial issues faced by those with a terminal illness and their significant others' - Nurse Education Today

Praise for the First Edition:

`The book does give a broad overview of many of the issues around death, dying and bereavement. It raises the reader's awareness and encourages deeper investigation at every level. It is easy to reda and therefore accessible to a wide audience' - Changes

`Provides a richly woven tapestry of personal, professional and literary accounts of death, dying and bereavement' -

Health Psychology Update

`Offers a unique collection of fascinating information, research, stories, poems and personal reflections. It is unusual to experience such a diversity of writings in one book' - Nursing Times

`It brings together the knowledge and skills from a multi-occupational group and thereby offers and opportunity, to whoever reads it, to enable better experiences for those who are dying and bereaved' - Journal of Interprofessional Care

`For those trying to help the dying and bereaved, this volume will inspire and move you as much as it will inform and guide your work' - Bereavement Care

`Provides a unique overview, and in many areas, penetrating insights into various aspects of death, dying and bereavement. One of it's major strengths is that it brings together a wide and varied discourse on death across cultures and through time' - British Journal of Sociology


this is a highly recommended book for the 'Communication' module. The book offers practical advice and useful scenarios and includes a number of reflections, stories and literature. A fascinating read, which makes sense of this topic in a variety of ways.

Ms Jane Brett
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
November 12, 2013

This is an excellent book and considers death and dying in a variety of ways. Especially relevant are the issues relating to communication for this module. The topics are discussed with a great sensitivity and these are supplemented with a range of reflections, stories and literature. This is a very 'readable' book and very appropriate for health care professionals.

Ms Jane Brett
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
November 12, 2013

very interesting read, not ideal for the novice student nurse, benefical for post registration nurses undertaking a care of the dying or pallative care degree module.

Ms Carol-anne Westwell
Nursing & Midwifery, Bangor University
July 8, 2013

Included some useful reading for course content

Mrs Gillian Walton
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
September 6, 2012

I have recommended that students look over this as a resource for the death and dying course. A comprehensive book covering essential material and less common topics. Gives students food for thought.

Dr Diane Willis
School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee
September 15, 2011

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