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Death and Spirituality

Death, Value, and Meaning Series

Edited by Kenneth J. Doka with John D. Morgan
Published by Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: February, 1999
406 pp.
ISBN: 089503106X (hard cover)

Synopsis

This book gives a comprehensive overview of spritual and religious themes likely to arise in caregiving to the dying and the bereaved. It is an excellent educational resource for community clergy, chaplains, pastoral care workers, hospice workers, bereavement counselors, thanatologists, and anyone else who wants a detailed review of current issues in this field.

Editor Kenneth J. Doka notes in his introduction that:

...while death is a spiritual event, often the spiritual needs of patients and clients are neglected.... An underlying assumption is that while individuals may or may not profess a religion, all have spiritual needs and concerns that must be considered. (p. 2)

While drawn primarily from the cultural patterns of the United States and Canada, chapters cover a diverse range of specific religious traditions. It also examines the spiritual issues in death and dying for those who do not have conventional religious beliefs.

The book is part of the Death, Value and Meaning Series of academic sourcebooks. Editors Morgan and Doka are both leading authorities in the field of death of dying.

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION

PART II: PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH

PART III: SPIRITUAL CONCERNS IN COUNSELING THE DYING

PART IV: SPIRITUAL ISSUES IN BEREAVEMENT

PART V: DEATH AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT

PART VI: RESOURCES

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