Higher Education

Death & Dying, Life & Living, 7th Edition

  • Charles A. Corr Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Donna M. Corr Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park
  • ISBN-10: 111184061X  |  ISBN-13: 9781111840617
  • 816 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
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About

Overview

Practical and inspiring, this field-leading book helps students learn how to navigate encounters with death, dying, and bereavement. The authors integrate classical and contemporary material, present task-based approaches for individual and family coping, and include four substantial chapters devoted to death-related issues faced by children, adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults. The book discusses a variety of cultural and religious perspectives that affect people's understanding and practices associated with such encounters. Practical guidelines for constructive communication are designed to encourage productive living in the face of death.

Features and Benefits

  • Personal Insights boxes offer unique points of view, including 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, and advice from two women who have lived with a spouse who died from different dementias.
  • Distinctive boxes entitled Issues for Critical Reflection motivate discussion on such topics as differences in key mortality statistics between the United States and Canada, mass murders, talking to children about death, living wills, artificial feeding for people in permanent vegetative states, and Oregon's "Death with Dignity" act.
  • This well-rounded resource includes broad yet applicable coverage of death-related issues that 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 euthanasia and assisted suicide and organ and tissue donation
  • A consistent structure reflects 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; and moral and spiritual values related to death, dying, and bereavement.
  • Focus On boxes explore specific topics (e.g. HIV/AIDS, natural disasters and death systems, the bereavement of service dog owners, typical cost items for funeral services, a donor bill of rights) or provide resources for further exploration of a topic.
  • Personal Insights boxes offer unique points of view, including 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, and advice from two women who have lived with a spouse who died from different dementias,
  • Distinctive boxes entitled Issues for Critical Reflection motivate discussion on such topics as differences in key mortality statistics between the United States and Canada, mass murders, talking to children about death, living wills, artificial feeding for people in permanent vegetative states, and Oregon's "Death with Dignity" act.

Table of Contents

Part I: LEARNING ABOUT DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT.
1. Education about Death, Dying, and Bereavement.
Part II: DEATH.
2. Changing Encounters with Death.
3. Changing Attitudes toward Death.
4. Death-Related Practices and the American Death System.
5. Cultural Patterns and Death.
Part III: DYING.
6. Coping with Dying.
7. Coping with Dying: How Individuals Can Help.
8. Coping with Dying: How Communities Can Help.
Part IV: BEREAVEMENT
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.
PART V: DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES.
12. Children.
13. Adolescents.
14. Young and Middle-Aged Adults.
15. Older Adults.
Part VI: LEGAL, CONCEPTUAL, AND MORAL ISSUES.
16. Legal Issues.
17. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
18. Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Intentionally Ending Human Life.
19. The Meaning and Place of Death in Life.
Part VII: AN EXAMPLE OF A SPECIFIC DISEASE ENTITY.
20. Illustrating the Themes of This Book: Alzheimer's Disease.
Appendix A. Selected Literature for Children: Annotated Descriptions.
Appendix B. Selected Literature for Adolescents: Annotated Descriptions.
Appendix C. Activity and Memory Books for Young Readers: Annotated Descriptions.

What's New

  • Based on instructor feedback, this Seventh edition maintains its basic structure while incorporating extensive new materials and statistical data.
  • Chapter 20 has been completely rewritten to focus on Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related disorders both in order to show how the basic structure and themes of the book get played out in one specific context and because AD is now the 6th leading cause of death in our society and continues to grow in its impact.
  • Descriptions in Chapter 5 of cultural patterns within 4 selected subgroups in American society—Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, & Native Americans and Native Alaskans—have been completely overhauled with the help of Professor Tashel C. Bordere of the University of Central Missouri. This significantly revised chapter undertakes new ways to challenge ethnocentrism, avoid cultural and racial stereotyping, and appreciate the value of cultural conscientiousness in understanding and helping others.
  • The art program has been extensively revised; 50% of the photos and images are completely new to this edition.
  • There is now a complete set of over 430 PowerPoint slides to support this edition prepared with the help of Professor Elisabeth A. Kennedy of The University of Akron.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

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Instructor Supplements

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1133312586 | ISBN-13: 9781133312581)

Student Supplements

Book Companion Web Site  (ISBN-10: 1133045170 | ISBN-13: 9781133045175)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.