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Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement - Chapter Summary
While we can get past many of life's obstacles on our own, we often need assistance with some of the bigger challenges. In these lessons, you will receive a basic overview of how people handle the obstacles of death, dying, and bereavement.
While this chapter provides a broad review of this subject, each of the lessons are highly focused on individual topics. Our instructors have separated the chapter into manageable pieces, which allows you to take a closer look and master each topic. As you study this information, you may have some questions, and our instructors are ready to provide you with the answers you need. Just use your user dashboard to send questions to our experts. By the time you make your way through all of the lessons, you will be prepared to do the following:
- Check out factors impacting the life span and life expectancy
- Define Kubler-Ross's stages of dying
- Compare the stages of grief and the patterns of bereavement
- Examine the history of the modern hospice movement
- Learn about options and the definition of dying with dignity
- Point out how reactions to death may change over the life span
1. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors
Everyone wants to live forever, but the truth is that we all have only a limited time to be alive. In this lesson, we'll look at life expectancy and life span, as well as factors that can influence how long a person lives.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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.
6. Reactions to Death Across the Life Span
In this lesson we will explore the reactions many people have to their impending mortality. In here we take a basic definition of death and examine the anxiety and attitudes people have about death.
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