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Facing Death Images, Insights, and Interventions: A Handbook For Educators, Healthcare Professionals, And Counselors
by Bertman, Sandra L.
Published by Hemisphere Publishing, Washington D. C. (1991)
ISBN 10: 1560322233 ISBN 13: 9781560322238
Softcover 214 pages Measures 9x6 inches Weighs 1 pound

Condition: Good.
Nicely illustrated cover is richly colored. There are scuffs at the middle spine edge, and the bottom spine edge. Former owner name in thick pen neatly written first blank leaf, also a stamp. The former owner name is also written in thick pen on the outer top textblock.
Pages are clean this is a solid tight clean copy.

Chapter 1
Establishing the Perspective
The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Parti, in London
because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast, is familmr with
death, jokes about it, cares ses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one
of his favorite toys and his most steadfast loves.
Octav'w Paz
Newspapers and television bombard our senses daily with reports of
violence, accidents, AIDS, and the threat of megadeath. For some, death
may occur suddenly from an accident, a heart attack, or a stroke. Most of
us, however, will experience death slowly and in our later years. We are
an increasingly aging population, and today (accidents and AIDS ex­
cluded) elderly persons hold a virtual monopoly on death. Many of us
will develop chronic illnesses that will eventually prove fatal. Death will
be protracted and will involve a growing awareness that we are, indeed,
Yet our society seems insulated from and uncomfortable with the sub­
ject of death. The modern age has created a veritable "pornography of
death," which extends even to disposition of the body. Aspects of the
funeral industry have become exploitative, ostentatious, and sanitized. In
hospital and nursing home settings—places where dying and death are
daily events—mutual conspiracies of silence and closed communication
patterns entered into by dying patients and staff are commonplace. Even
children learn to collude in this game by concealing knowledge of their
own impending deaths from their parents and medical personnel. Family
ties have disintegrated, while the aged and dying have become segregated
from their loved ones through consignment to nursing homes and institu­
tional care. America might thus be characterized as a death-denying soci­
There is no doubt that recent advances in medical technology have
increased longevity—what gerontologists call "prolongevity." But along
with major improvements in the technological aspects of care (e.g., mar­
velous devices for emergency services, ventilators, artificial kidneys, organ
transplants) comes a myriad of ethical and humanistic dilemmas relating
not only to where and when we die but also about the way we die. One of
the paradoxes that has resulted from the evolution of medical science in
recent decades is that the complexities involved in the treatment of illness..

Facing Death Images Insights and Interventions: A Handbook For Educators Healthcare Professionals Counselors Sandra Bertman Hemisphere 1991


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