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Ch 21: Death and Dying: Stages and Psychological Impact

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Watch death and dying video lessons and learn about the euthanasia debate, major end-of-life issues, Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Dying and more. These lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Death and Dying - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

We don't usually like to talk about it, but death and dying are inevitable parts of every human being's developmental cycle, as much as infancy and childhood. In this chapter, instructors will explain the stages of dying and the process of bereavement. You will be introduced to the major players and theories that have helped shape our current understanding of the psychology of dying and the relevant vocabulary associated with this topic. At the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Name and define some major end-of-life issues
  • Briefly summarize the history of the modern hospice movement
  • Define living will, organ donation, and a health care proxy
  • Distinguish between grief and mourning
  • Identify Kubler-Ross's Five Stages

Video Objective
What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages Describe the 5 stages of Kubler-Ross's theory
Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief Understand patterns of bereavement and the stages of grief
Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Define grief and mourning, and know the difference between them; understand that various cultures have different rituals and practices around grief and mourning
The Modern Hospice Movement Briefly describe the history of hospital care in the U.S. and the development of the hospice and palliative care movements
Dying with Dignity Define 'dying with dignity' and recognize the various ways the lives of patients end
Major End-of-Life Issues Define living will, organ donation, and a health care proxy, and understand situations in which these things might be used

7 Lessons in Chapter 21: Death and Dying: Stages and Psychological Impact
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What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

1. What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

Death, dying and the emotional responses one feels toward these topics are particularly challenging issues to address. Psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed stages of emotional responses to death and dying. This lesson will present those five stages and also discuss common criticisms of Kubler-Ross's theory.

Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

2. Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

Death is a term most are familiar with, but the underlying emotions and processes that accompany death are not. This lesson will define and detail the stages of grief and bereavement. In addition, this lesson will differentiate between the grief process of children and adults.

Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

3. Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Grief is a normal reaction to losing a loved one, but people mourn their loss in different ways. In this lesson, we'll examine the difference between grief and mourning, as well as how different cultures approach mourning.

The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

4. The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

The end of life can be a difficult time for people. In this lesson, we'll examine the modern hospice movement, including the holistic approach to dying, the history of the modern hospice movement, and palliative care.

Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

5. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

When a person is faced with a terminal illness, they sometimes want to control the timing and way that they die. In this lesson, we'll examine the dying with dignity movement, including physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

6. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.

Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

7. Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

As people approach the end of their lives, decisions have to be made. Watch this lesson to find out more about important end-of-life issues, including having a health care proxy, creating a living will, and being an organ donor.

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