death and dying


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death and dying

the cessation of life, which is today medically defined as ‘brain death’. Sociologists have studied death and dying with an interest particularly in the sociocultural differences in the social provision for death and dying as socially managed processes involving the termination of membership of social groups, a form of ‘status passage’ (see also RITES OF PASSAGE). In the UK and some other Western societies, in contrast with previous eras, death has been treated as a taboo subject, with consequent difficulties for those in grief. Accordingly new provisions to cope with death and dying have been introduced, including hospices for the terminally ill, and bereavement counselling.
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In the United States, the subject of death and taboos against discussing it jumped into mainstream discourse in 1969 with the publication of physician Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's On Death and Dying, which sharply criticized modern attitudes towards the dying.
Rather than explore the history of death and dying in particular regions or cultures, I chose instead to divide the course into thematic sections which corresponded roughly with chronological divisions.
Instead, death and dying are slowed down to real time, shown life-size without bombs or surgeons.