Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Using a social-psychological approach, the new edition of this book remains solidly grounded in theory and research, while also providing useful information to help individuals examine their own feelings about-and cope with-death and grieving. The well-known authors and researchers integrate stimulating personal accounts throughout the text, and apply concepts to specific examples that deal with cross cultural perspectives and the practical matters of death and dying.


  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 8 edition (January 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1305094492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1305094499
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  1. Rented this book for a Sociology class on death and dying. The class was great! I’ve been a paramedic for 15 years and I learned a lot of new information in the class. This book is terrible. It’s hard to read and it’s full of personal experiences by the authors. Parts are written that are extremely opinionated and one-sided. It just doesn’t flow very well. It doesn’t read like a textbook. Could have gotten the information I needed for the class much easier just using Google. The thing I find extremely surprising is the fact that the editors let CPR data from 1991 be put into the book! It’s 2015! Wrongly, according to this text, 1 to 3 percent of out of hospital cardiac arrests don’t survive. Looking at the American Heart Association, the correct percentage is actually 8%. So, this textbook uses data that is horribly out of date.

  2. Fantastic textbook. Read the whole thing cover to cover, which I don’t think Ive done with any other text book… ever…

  3. This was a required textbook purchase for a college class. Which has made me look at death in a different light.

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