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 Awareness and Adjustment Across the Life Span

Death awareness and adjustment across the life span

For many of us, our own death seems distant. Indeed, it is comparatively rare for young adults to die, and when they do, their deaths are most often violent. For children and adolescents, death sometimes comes in the form of accidents or disease; it also touches young lives when parents and (more often) grandparents die. As young adults, most of us face the loss of important persons in our lives—our parents and grandparents—and these losses remind us that we too will not live forever. For ...

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