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Living, Dying, Grieving

Author(s): Dixie L. Dennis, PhD, CHES, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
  • ISBN-13: 9780763743260
  • ISBN-10:0763743267
  • Paperback    227 pages      © 2009
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Many students wonder what it is like to die or how to cope when someone they love dies. Living, Dying, Grieving helps answer these important questions and provides a mature understanding of what death really is. Taking a “life education” approach, this book offers helpful tips and techniques for mastering a fear of death, suggests helpful ideas for taking care of the business of dying, and encourages students to live longer by adding excitement into their lives. With its unique balance of facts and emotions, both of which surround living, dying, and grieving across cultures and religions, the text gives students the perspective to effectively cope with death and the effects it will have on their lives.

Features & Benefits

  • The My Story feature is placed throughout the text and highlights young adults “speaking” about particular experiences regarding living, dying, and grieving.
  • Critical Thinking questions at the end of each chapter allow students to think about what they have read and apply it to their everyday lives.
  • Each chapter contains a list of books and movies and lists class and individual activities which shed light on the task of learning about dying.  These movies and activities help students cope with the study of death and dying while helping them learn how to live. 


Applicable Courses

This text is intended for Death and Dying courses in health education and promotion, psychology, sociology, social work, nursing, religion, criminal justice, and education departments. 

Chapter 1: Why Study Death and Dying?
Chapter 2: What Does it Mean to Die?
Chapter 3: Cultural and Historical Perspectives on Death
Chapter 4: The American Health Care System
Chapter 5: Bioethics, Euthanasia, and Physician-assisted Suicide
Chapter 6: Terminal Diseases and Conditions
Chapter 7: Processes of Dying
Chapter 8: End of Life Issues
Chapter 9: Death of a Loved One
Chapter 10: Grief and the Process of Grieving
Chapter 11: Death-Related Tasks and Decisions
Chapter 12: The Funeral Business and Disposing of the Body
Chapter 13: How Children and Adolescents View Death
Chapter 14: How Adults See and Represent Death
Chapter 15: Suicide and Death by Violence
Chapter 16: After Life, Then What?
Chapter 17: Death Education

Dixie L. Dennis, PhD, CHES-Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee

  • The text provides insight and detailed information about the topics which will inspire students to consider their own thoughts and ideas about death and dying.  It is very detailed with appropriate examples, along with some surprising information.
    -Susan R. Adams, University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock 

    This text’s major strengths are breadth of coverage, solid data collection, and communication.  It has a compelling chapter on children and adolescents and… is practical, focused on the preparation of care-givers. This approach creates a writing style that is also very pragmatic, allowing for the interpretive voice to be heard in the classroom instead of the text.
    -Chris Newcomb, Bethune-Cookman University


Free with Text

Companion Web site


Instructor Resources include PowerPoint Presentations and a TestBank.
Student Resources include Practice Quizzes, Web links, Animated Flashcards, Crossword Puzzles, and an Interactive Glossary.

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763743260

Additional Resources for Instructors
Angel ready Test Bank
BlackBoard ready Test Bank
Desire to Learn ready Test Bank
Moodle ready Test Bank
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank
Free with Text

Companion Web site


Student Resources include Practice Quizzes, Web links, Animated Flashcards, Crossword Puzzles, and an Interactive Glossary.

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