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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 and Legal Blame: Wrongful Death
Death and legal blame: Wrongful death

On the civil side of the legal system, there are generally two general types of recovery for the wrongful death of a person: One is for noneconomic losses, or the fear, anxiety, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life of the deceased prior to death; the second general category of damages is the economic losses suffered by the deceased, the deceased's estate, or the survivors. These include medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and the economic value of lost services. Although a great variety of damages are allowed by state statutes and from the judicial decisions interpreting the statutes, this chapter covers only the basic outline of the history of the civil remedies; ...

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