Experiences of Death

Experiences of Death : An Anthropological Account

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 422g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748602216
  • 9780748602216

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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.
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