Death & Dying

On Death and Dying
by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
* required reading for Interfaith Chaplains

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, she gives the reader a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient's family, bringing hope to all who are involved.

by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"The dying patient has to pass through many stages in his struggle to come to grips with his illness and his ultimate death..." (more)

On Death and Dying is one of the most important books ever written on the subject and is still considered the bench-mark in the care of the dying. It became an immediate bestseller, and Life magazine called it "a profound lesson for the living." This companion volume consists of the questions that are most frequently asked of Dr. Kübler-Ross and her compassionate answers. She discusses accepting the end of life, suicide, terminal illness, euthanasia, how to tell a patient he or she is critically ill, and how to deal with all the special difficulties surrounding death. Questions and Answers on Death and Dying is a vital resource for doctors, nurses, members of the clergy, social workers, and lay people dealing with death and dying

The Wheel of Life : A Memoir of Living and Dying

by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Now, at age seventy-one facing her own death, this world-renowned healer tells the story of her extraordinary life. Having taught the world how to die well, she now offers a lesson on how to live well. Her story is an adventure of the heart -- powerful, controversial, inspirational -- a fitting legacy of a powerful life.

The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually as We Die
by Kathleen D. Singh
* required reading for Interfaith Chaplains

... is directly related to the spiritual stages in terms of death as an initiation in life and may or may not have a correspondence to secular perceptions. A good follow up to Kunbler-Ross. I found her book to be representative of various experiences I have had in attending the dying and of the three reccomend it for those who have already read some of Kubler Ross' works. Singh presents her views colored by a Sufi view, psychology and years of experience working in hospice counseling the dying. This is death as initation as passage...

Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Practical Guide by Anne Rundle (Editor), Maria Carvalho (Editor), Mary Robinson (Editor)

This manual (is in outline form) for health care professionals offers practical information on dozens of religious and cultural groups, highlighting issues that health care professionals face when dealing with patients' beliefs surrounding illness, death, and religious observance in a hospital setting.

Cultural and religious traditions of different countries are profiled, with information on diet and nutrition, family structure, and attitudes about illness. Profiles of several different branches of Christianity are included for non-Christian health care providers. Final chapters offer guidelines on interpreter services, pastoral care, and meeting the Joint Commission Standards related to culture and religion. Appendices offer standards for emergency baptism, religious objections to blood transfusions, and organ and tissue donation. Rundle is manager of specialty programs at South End Community Health Center.

How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife
by Christopher Jay Johnson, Marsha G. McGee
* required reading for Interfaith Chaplains

A study of Baptist, Bahai, Buddhist, Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Lutheran and more views on death and the afterlife. Covers views of God, Jesus, heaven and hell, final judgement, funeral practices, prayer, social relations, healing, and etiquette. Includes that of Cultural Competance above but is much more in depth.

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