The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying

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The best-selling textbook in the field, The Last Dance offers an interdisciplinary introduction to death, dying, and bereavement. Integrating the experiential and the scholarly, as well as the emotional and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, the seventh edition has been thoroughly revised to provide the most cutting-edge coverage of death studies.

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More information on multiple losses and bereavement burnout.
A close look at the controversy about brain death in Japan.
A new focus on the challenges facing hospices and palliative care.
A look at advance directives in the context of emergency care.
An extensive list of Internet resources in the updated Instructor's Manual and the new Student Study Guide.
Interdisciplinary perspective. No other book in the field so successfully combines the research and theory of diverse disciplines such as anthropology, art, ethics, health science, history, literature, philosophy, psychology, public policy, religion, and sociology.
Empathy and compassion. Throughout the text there is a strong emphasis on positive and necessary values of compassion, listening, and tolerance for the views of others.
Multicultural perspective. The text examines socio-cultural influences on the understanding of death, including coverage of theoretical perspectives, the agents of socialization, and the role of ethnic and cultural traditions as related to death attitudes and customs in modern, pluralistic societies.
Integrated coverage of AIDS. Discussion of the impact of AIDS is integrated throughout the text (particularly Chapter 13) and appears in the discussion of such topics as hospice care, and grief following multiple losses.
Use of examples. A wide array of anecdotes, examples, songs, poems, and personal accounts are included to ensure that the content is relevant and concrete to students.

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