Grief, Loss, Death & Dying
Mortal Dilemmas
The Troubled Landscape of Death in America
By Donald Joralemon
Review by Jamie Carlin Watson, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 10th 2017.
Mortal Dilemmas by Donald JoralemonMortal Dilemmas: The Troubled Landscape of Death in America is an accessible and informative contribution to the public conversation over death and dying. To the many scholarly and popular voices, Donald Joralemon adds the anthropologist's to explore five end-of-life challenges through political, legal, religious, and bioethical lenses: assisted dying, uncertain mental states, the definition of death, the role of grief, and memorialization. He bookends his discussion with the question of whether America is a death-denying culture, and he draws on his research into these five dilemmas to argue
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Understanding Grief
An Introduction
By Richard Gross
Review by Flavia Felletti on Thu, May 26th 2016.
With Understanding Grief: An Introduction, Richard Gross aims to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the major models of grief, focusing on the individual experience of bereavement just as on how bereavement is experienced in relation to the social, cultural, and religious contexts. Different kinds of bereavement and their impact on the bereaved are discussed. Among them: the loss of a spouse, a child, and the impact of traumatic loss on complicated grief. Further topics discussed include pet loss, death anxiety, and post-traumatic growth. Personal accounts of grief, r
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Understanding Grief by Richard Gross

When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 10th 2016.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiKalanithi's memoir of his career as a student of literature and philosophy and as a neuroscientist neurosurgeon has gained a lot of attention. Just when he is on the verge of professional success when he gets a diagnosis of cancer.  He and his wife plan what to do --  they had planned to have a family, but will they have time to do that now?  Kalanithi reflects on his experience in his undergraduate and graduate days, and his decision to switch from a theoretical approach to a medical approach. We hear about his experience treating patients and getting more used to seeing death.
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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death
By Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson (Editors)
Review by James Bodington on Tue, Feb 23rd 2016.
The Oxford Handbook series endeavors to "offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area." Each volume consists of "specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research". Indeed, the volume on philosophy of death presents original work by numerous leading figures in analytic philosophy and contains thoughtful engagement with current lines of debate in the philosophy (mainly metaphysics, with some entries and engagements wi
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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death by Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson (Editors)

Dying in the Twenty-First Century
Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well
By Lydia Dugdale (Editor)
Review by A. P. Bober on Tue, Oct 6th 2015.
Dying in the Twenty-First Century by Lydia Dugdale (Editor)No one wants to die; no one wants to think about it. This work provides material likely unknown to most of us. It helps us to think about whether to have an advance directive and partly what to put in it, whether to donate organs, whether to use hospice and palliative care, and, centrally, how much control to have in a situation in which control increasingly slips out of our hands. The ten papers span three areas: a. traditional medical, usually hospital, interventions versus HPM (hospice and palliative medicine), philosophical discussion (Hegel, Heidegger) regarding choices about the "good"
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Honoring Grief
Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal
By Alexandra Kennedy
Review by Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H. on Tue, Jul 28th 2015.
Alexandra Kennedy is a psychotherapist, grief expert, and author.  In the "Introduction" to her book, entitled Honoring Grief, Kennedy writes that grief touches everyone; and that ungrieved losses take a toll on the heart.  Kennedy asserts that her book offers unique strategies and opportunities for healing, as the reader explores the sacred territory of grief. Drawing readers' attention, in the Introduction, to the book's distinctive format, Kennedy explains that words chosen carefully, conveying just a few thoughts per page, offer a distilled wisdom, emanating from Kennedy's
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Honoring Grief by Alexandra Kennedy

A Brief History of Death
By W.M. Spellman
Review by Keith S. Harris, Ph.D. on Tue, Dec 23rd 2014.
A Brief History of Death by W.M. SpellmanHistorian W.M. Spellman has managed to provide in this book a relatively brief (250 pages or so) yet comprehensive review of many assorted aspects of death and dying, stretching from human prehistory up to our own time. The journey is fascinating, although the reader is taken at times by what appears to be the scenic route. A Brief History is written by an author who is obviously more than competent to extract and synthesize the most relevant information from both past and present. On first opening the book, the reader will recall that death (for better or worse) is our constant companion.&nb
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Wrinkles
DVD
By Ignacio Ferreras (Director)
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Nov 4th 2014.
This animated movie was originally released as "Arrugas" in 2011, and was based on a graphic novel by Paco Roca.  This new version has been given an English soundtrack, starring Martin Sheen and others.  The plot is simple and sad.  Emilio is a banker who has lost his wife and has problems with confusion and memory.  His son can't deal with him anymore, so Emilio moves into a residential home.  His roommate Miguel is full of life but he never married, and he takes pleasure in cheating the other residents of their money.  Emilio is happy to have someone to spend hi
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Wrinkles by Ignacio Ferreras (Director)

 
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