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.

On Coming to Terms with Death and Dying: Neglected Dimensions of Identity Work

On coming to terms with death and dying: Neglected dimensions of identity work

During the past three decades, a growing number of studies have examined the challenges confronted by people diagnosed with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening illnesses. Many of these studies have focused on the psychosocial issues encountered by the terminally ill. In the process, they have revealed that some of the most troubling issues confronted by dying individuals include fears of social isolation and rejection; feelings of guilt, shame, ...

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