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Final Acts : Death, Dying, and the Choices We Make

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Today most people die gradually, from incremental illnesses, rather than from the heart attacks or fast-moving diseases that killed earlier generations. Given this new reality, the essays in Final Acts explore how we can make informed and caring end-of-life choices for ourselves and for those we loveùand what can happen without such planning. Contributors include patients, caretakers, physicians, journalists, lawyers, social workers, educators, hospital administrators, academics, psychologists, and a poet, and among them are ethicists, religious believers, and nonbelievers. Some write moving, personal accounts of "good" or 'bad" deaths; others examine the ethical, social, and political implications of slow dying. Essays consider death from natural causes, suicide, and aid-in-dying (assisted suicide). Writing in a style free of technical jargon, the contributors discuss documents that should be prepared (health proxy, do-not-resuscitate order, living will, power of attorney); decision-making (over medical interventions, life support, hospice and palliative care, aid-in-dying, treatment location, speaking for those who can no longer express their will); and the roles played by religion, custom, family, friends, caretakers, money, the medical establishment, and the government. For those who yearn for some measure of control over death, the essayists in Final Acts, from very different backgrounds and with different personal and professional experiences around death and dying, offer insight and hope.


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Living and Dying in the Contemporary World : A Compendium
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ISBN: 0520961064 Year: 2015 Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press,

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Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the way we think of the interrelations of institutions and experiences in a globalizing world. Living and Dying in the Contemporary World is not just another reader in medical anthropology but a true tour de force-a deep exploration of all that makes life unbearable and yet livable through the labor of ordinary people. This book comprises forty-four chapters by scholars whose ethnographic and historical work is conducted around the globe, including South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Bringing together the work of established scholars with the vibrant voices of younger scholars, Living and Dying in the Contemporary World will appeal to anthropologists, sociologists, health scientists, scholars of religion, and all who are curious about how to relate to the rapidly changing institutions and experiences in an ever more connected world.


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Sterben, tod und trauer im bilderbuch seit 1945
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ISBN: 3653060192 363166575X Year: 2015 Publisher: Frankfurt am Main, [Germany] : Peter Lang Edition,

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A good death : on the value of death and dying
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ISBN: 1280947918 9786610947911 0335227740 Year: 2005 Publisher: Göteborg, Sweden : Published by the Dept. of Philosophy of the University of Göteborg,

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Using philosophical/analytical methods and theories, this book discusses ideas about what makes for a better death within a palliative care context. It also discusses how these ideas might affect the practice of palliative care. It is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates, and professionals interested in palliative care and end-of-life issues.

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Death. --- Life. --- Life --- Death --- Dying --- End of life --- Life --- Terminal care --- Terminally ill --- Thanatology --- Philosophy --- Philosophy


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Constructing death : the sociology of dying and bereavement
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ISBN: 0511583427 051100267X Year: 1998 Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press,

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A basic motivation for social and cultural life is the problem of death. By analysing the experiences of dying and bereaved people, as well as institutional responses to death, Clive Seale shows its importance for understanding the place of embodiment in social life. He draws on a comprehensive review of sociological, anthropological and historical studies, including his own research, to demonstrate the great variability that exists in human social constructions for managing mortality. Far from living in a 'death denying' society, dying and bereaved people in contemporary culture are often able to assert membership of an imagined community, through the narrative reconstruction of personal biography, drawing on a variety of cultural scripts emanating from medicine, psychology, the media and other sources. These insights are used to argue that the maintenance of the human social bond in the face of death is a continual resurrective practice, permeating everyday life.


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Death and dying in Ireland, Britain and Europe : historical perspectives
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ISBN: 0716531925 Year: 2013 Publisher: Kildare, Ireland : Irish Academic Press,

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Death and Dying in Ireland, Britain, and Europe provides a unique new perspective on Irish history and is a truly multi-disciplinary and dynamic approach to an emerging style called the 'new social history.' It is a pioneering book that presents a history of death and dying in Ireland and Europe, from pre-history to the 20th century, focusing on virtually every era and from a diverse and broad range of perspectives. Martyrdom is examined through the phenomenon of the hunger strike and its impact on Irish life, and in particular, the Cork and Brixton hunger strikes of 1920. The history of


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Dying and death in 18th-21st century Europe
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ISBN: 1283308703 9786613308702 1443832561 Year: 2011 Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Pub.,

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This book features a selection of the most representative papers presented during the international conference Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe (ABDD). It invites you on a fascinating journey across the last three centuries of Europe, Other death as your guide. The past and present realities of the complex phenomena of death and dying in Romania, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Serbia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Italy are dealt Other, by authors from varying backgrounds: ...


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Death and life
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ISBN: 9786610346547 128034654X 0875861474 Year: 2001 Publisher: New York : Algora Pub.,

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This erudite reflection strikes home as baby-boomers watch their parents fade (leaving them next in line) and find it hard to go on ignoring the reality of death. It is within our human nature to turn our minds away from death: we focus on our life choic


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Annihilation : the sense and significance of death
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ISBN: 1317492773 1315711710 128294732X 9786612947322 1844654117 Year: 2009 Publisher: Stocksfield [England] : Acumen,

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The ever-present possibility of death forces upon us the question of life's meaning and for this reason death has been a central concern of philosophers throughout history. From Socrates to Heidegger, philosophers have grappled with the nature and significance of death. In ""Annihilation"", Christopher Belshaw explores two central questions at the heart of philosophy's engagement with death: what is death; and is it bad that we die? Belshaw begins by distinguishing between literal and metaphorical uses of the term and offers a unified and biological account of death, denying that death brings


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Life, death, & meaning : key philosophical readings on the big questions
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ISBN: 1442201711 Year: 2010 Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,

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Do our lives have meaning? Should we create more people? Is death bad? Should we commit suicide? Would it be better to be immortal? Should we be optimistic or pessimistic? Since Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions first appeared, David Benatar's distinctive anthology designed to introduce students to the key existential questions of philosophy has won a devoted following among users in a variety of upper-level and even introductory courses.

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Life. --- Death. --- Death --- Dying --- End of life --- Life --- Terminal care --- Terminally ill --- Thanatology --- Life --- Philosophy --- Philosophy

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