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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.

The Death Awareness Movement: Description, History, and Analysis
The death awareness movement: Description, history, and analysis

The termdeath awareness movement refers to a somewhat amorphous yet interconnected network of individuals, organizations, and groups. This movement includes scholars, advocates, and counselors. It encompasses self-help networks such as the Compassionate Friends and professional associations such as the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Work Group on Dying, Death and Bereavement, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as well as their members, affiliates, and regional and state counterparts. Most hospices and palliative care units would identify with the death awareness movement, as would many funeral service organizations. Foundations such as the Hospice Foundation of American and the Project on Death in American Society are involved, ...

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