Confronting Dying and Death


Series: Health Psychology Research Focus

This book is exceptional in that it treats death as it has not yet been treated before. It presents a comprehensive updated overview of what happened to death in the last decades since the taboo against death has been lifted. The book is based on contributions from experts in different disciplines from the US, Europe and Israel, each focused on treating the death situation from a specific point of view. The first part of the book presents death from the viewpoint of various disciplines and concludes with an exceptional discussion of near-death experiences. The second part of the book deals with various more specific issues involved in death. In addition, the book also provides theoretical background and practical guidance for professionals and others concerned with helping dying individuals as well as their families and caretakers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



List of Contributors

Part 1: Viewpoints and Dimensions

Chapter 1: The Medical Point of View: Is the Care for the Dying a Part of our Profession?, pp. 1-12
(Michaela Berkovich)

Chapter 2: The Medical Needs of the Dying, pp. 13-22
(Arie Ostrowsky, Simon Scherf and Frida Barak)

Chapter 3: The Nursing Point of View: With Caring, Compassion, and Competence – Nurses Confront Dying and Death, pp. 23-46
(Susan Brajtman)

Chapter 4: The Psychiatric Point of View: Psychiatric Aspects of the Terminally Ill Patient, pp. 47-88
(Pierre R. Gagnon, Marie Claude Blais, and Annie Tremblay)

Chapter 5: The Psychological Point of View: The Individual Facing Death and Dying. pp. 89-102
(Shulamith Kreitler)

Chapter 6: The Social Work Point of View: Dying, Bereavement, and Coping, pp. 103-126
(Ora Gilbar)

Chapter 7: The Biological and Evolutionary Point of View:
Individual Death – A Scourge of Living Beings or a Condition for our
Existence?, pp. 127-148
(Karl Edlinger)

Chapter 8: The Philosophical Point of View: About Mortality, pp. 149-160
(Manfred Frauenlob)

Chapter 9: The Cultural Point of View: Death in Change of Times, pp. 161-174
(Elfriede Bonnet)

Chapter 10: The Religious Point of View: Death in Some Major Religious Traditions, pp. 175-190
(John D. Morgan)

Chapter 11: The Spiritual Point of View: Spiritual Care of the Dying, pp. 191-202
(Brigitte Kashtan)

Chapter 12: The Point of View of the Media:
The Commemoration of Deceased Children on the Internet, pp. 203-212
(Marga Altena, Janneke Peelen, Catrien Notermans and Eric Venbrux)

Chapter 13: The Experiential Point of View: Near-Death Experiences, pp. 213-228
(Peter Mulacz)

Part 2: Issues and Techniques

Chapter 14: Quality of Death: The Death of Sick Children, pp. 229-234
(Chaim Kaplinsky)

Chapter 15: Living and Dying with Respiratory Failure, pp. 235-246
(Ditza Gross)

Chapter 16: Death in Cancer Patients: Meanings, Attitudes and Feelings, pp. 247-258
(Shulamith Kreitler)

Chapter 17: Psychological Aspects of Suicide, pp. 259-292
(Israel Orbach)

Chapter 18: Suggestive Communication with Critically Ill Patients in the Context of Death and Dying, pp. 293-314
(Kathalin Varga)

Chapter 19: The Changing Role of the Oncologist: Meeting the Existential Needs of our Clients, pp. 315-322
(Benjamin Corn and Isaiah Wexler)

Chapter 20: How do Providers of Aid Deal with Their Own Emotions, pp. 323-330
(Gernot Sonneck and Renate Wagner)

Chapter 21: Posttraumatic Growth Following Secondary Exposure to Deadly Political Violence, pp. 331-338
(Isaiah Wexler and Shimon Shiri)

Chapter 22: Parental Bereavement, pp. 339-352
(Henya Shanun-Klein)

Chapter 23: Coping with Loss and Bereavement, pp. 353-366
(Krystyna de Walden-Galuszko)

Index, pp. 367

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