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What Death Means Now : Thinking Critically About Dying and Grieving - by Tony Walter (Paperback)

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The author looks critically at the challenges death poses today and how individuals, families, communities, and societies respond to them, focusing on advanced industrial societies and Western countries that privilege individual autonomy. He examines different ideas about why death is not always handled as well as it might be; the idea that it is good for people to talk about death and dying; the contemporary Western idea of “good death,” when a person continues for as long as possible as an autonomous individual and remains in control; different views of the role of health care professionals and the compassionate community approach that de-professionalizes dying; understandings of the purpose of the funeral; the challenge of disposing of large numbers of bodies in mega-cities; norms about healthy grief; how physical distance, digital communication, and virtual presence interact at the end of life; and the new paradigm of pervasive death that is emerging from the death awareness movement and digital communication. Distributed in North America by University of Chicago Press. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 156
Genre: Medical, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Tony Walter
Language: English
Street Date: November 15, 2017
TCIN: 53000839
UPC: 9781447337362
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-1952
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