Social Perspectives on Death and Dying, 2nd Edition

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    Jeanette A. Auger

    Publisher: Fernwood

    Year: 2019

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 296 pages

    ISBN: 9781773631837

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Death is inevitable, but our perspectives about death and dying are socially constructed. This updated third edition takes us through the maze of issues, both social and personal, which surround death and dying in Canada. Topics include euthanasia and medically assisted death, palliative care and hospices, the high incidence of opioid deaths, the impact of cyber bullying in suicide deaths, the sociology of hiv/aids, funeral and burial practices, the high rates of suicide in Canada and dealing with grief and bereavement, among others. Additionally, Auger explores alternative methods for helping dying persons and their loved ones deal with death in a holistic, patient-centred way. Each chapter includes suggested readings, discussion questions and in-class assignments.

About the Author

Jeanette A. Auger is a professor emeritus and adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at Acadia University.

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Table of Contents

Canadian Perspectives on Death and Dying: Introduction
Your experiences and Perspectives of Death and Dying
Key Concepts in the Maze of Death and Dying
Historical Attitudes Toward Death and Dying
Types of Death and Dying
Hospice Palliative Care
Euthanasia as a Sociological Issue
AIDs as a Sociological Issue
Cross-Cultural Variations in Death and Dying
Funeral and Burial Practices
Legal and Ethical Issues in Death and Dying
Suicide in Canada
Dealing with Grief and Bereavement
The Revival of Interest in Death and Dying
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