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Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.

Death in Two Settings: The Acute Care Facility and Hospice
Death in two settings: The acute care facility and hospice

The tremendous interest in the 6-hour PBS seriesOn Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying when it was first aired supported Bill Moyers's rationale for producing the groundbreaking program: “There was a growing realization that something has gone wrong with the way we provide care for the dying and support their caregivers, and the time has come to fix it” (quoted in Public Broadcasting Service 2001). An estimated 19 million Americans tuned in when the series was first broadcast in 2001; the ratings were 58% higher than the national PBS prime-time average (Public Broadcasting Service n.d.). Although the focus ofOn Our Own Terms is how we die, ...

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