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 Notification Process: Recommendations for Practice, Training, and Research
The death notification process: Recommendations for practice, training, and research

Aperson dies or is killed. Surviving family and friends must be notified. How people learn about the death of their loved one can have profound implications for coping (Leash 1994; Lord 2002; Stewart 1999). Yet few empirical studies of the death notification process exist. Resources for educating professionals on the best methods of performing notifications have only recently begun to emerge (Lord 1997).

Our purpose in this chapter is to explore existing research on death notification. We ...

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