Experiences of Death : An Anthropological Account
Using traditional anthropological fieldwork methods, the author takes a look at the modern experience of death and bereavement in a familiar Western setting. She takes three extended case studies of ageing and dying, the first in a residential home for elderly people, the second in a hospice, and the third of the counselling needs of the bereaved in the North-East of England, and puts them into their broad historical and cross-cultural context. By examining the minutiae of traditions and beliefs associated with death this book attempts to reveal their deeper meanings.
- Hardback | 200 pages
- 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 422g
- 20 May 1991
- EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Table of contents
An approach to the field; boundaries between life and death; death past and present; setting the stage for death; keeping them going - the work of care staff; one-way journeys - residents' experiences; the hospice alternative; living with death; ageing and death - the continuing challenge.