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New edition of a text which examines our relationship to death by drawing upon scholarship and research as well as on the words of people who have found themselves in the middle of death-related situations. Fifteen chapters discuss subjects including the death system, causes of death, transition fro


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New edition of a text which examines our relationship to death by drawing upon scholarship and research as well as on the words of people who have found themselves in the middle of death-related situations. Fifteen chapters discuss subjects including the death system, causes of death, transition fro

30 review for Death, Society, and Human Experience

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I read this for my Psychology of Death and Dying course. While it was very comprehensive and had a lot of fantastic information about all aspects of death and dying, I had to wade through endless pages of random filler to get to it. The fact that it was written in first person, and the authors even referred to their own textbook as ‘fantastic’ in what was supposed to be a humorous way, was a bit off putting. Textbooks in this field of study are limited though, so all things considered, the fact I read this for my Psychology of Death and Dying course. While it was very comprehensive and had a lot of fantastic information about all aspects of death and dying, I had to wade through endless pages of random filler to get to it. The fact that it was written in first person, and the authors even referred to their own textbook as ‘fantastic’ in what was supposed to be a humorous way, was a bit off putting. Textbooks in this field of study are limited though, so all things considered, the fact that this exists is great!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was a great textbook that went along with a great class. Very glad I decided to take Death and Dying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    While the information in this book was useful in a class on "Death and Dying," the fact that it was written in first person and contained numerous references to the author's prior works made it somewhat unpleasant to read. There was also a lot of "fluff" that had to be read through to get to the facts. While the information in this book was useful in a class on "Death and Dying," the fact that it was written in first person and contained numerous references to the author's prior works made it somewhat unpleasant to read. There was also a lot of "fluff" that had to be read through to get to the facts.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carter

    Kastenbaum provides a thorough primer for death education. I appreciated the opportunities for reflection included in the text. I think one of the most important aspects of death education is questioning and exploring one's own beliefs and perspectives. There were also several additional sources of information included throughout the text, providing the reader with a direction from which to follow-up on key topics. Kastenbaum provides a thorough primer for death education. I appreciated the opportunities for reflection included in the text. I think one of the most important aspects of death education is questioning and exploring one's own beliefs and perspectives. There were also several additional sources of information included throughout the text, providing the reader with a direction from which to follow-up on key topics.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Read as a text for a grief counseling curriculum. Very comprehensive book about many aspects of death, and filled with a ton of info, which at times made it difficult to get through. But good text overall

  6. 5 out of 5

    G

    This textbook is very conversational. Not having to worry about whether I could understand or keep my focus on the text made it much easier to get through my class.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Raya Dane

    Winterim class is done, wahoo!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Kastenbaum, who is a death educator and thanatologist, presents the 10th edition of his textbook by packing a lot of valuable materials into one convenient title. I had no idea that death and dying entailed so many dimensions. Not only does he present facts and research, he situates all of his information within the Great Debates of Western Culture. He weaves in information from various religions, cultures, philosophies and histories. A college student could very well earn Western Civ credit by Kastenbaum, who is a death educator and thanatologist, presents the 10th edition of his textbook by packing a lot of valuable materials into one convenient title. I had no idea that death and dying entailed so many dimensions. Not only does he present facts and research, he situates all of his information within the Great Debates of Western Culture. He weaves in information from various religions, cultures, philosophies and histories. A college student could very well earn Western Civ credit by reading this book. Sometimes I was a little annoyed with his take on major world religions and major philosophical thoughts because I felt they were more his interpretations than fact. Nevertheless, the book holds great value for guiding people down the heart-wrenching paths of death and dying. He also clearly has compassion for people's suffering, and he's trying to offer information and strategies to help people manage their grief and losses. I recommend this, but it's hard reading. I don't imagine that I would have made it through all the chapters if it wasn't an assigned textbook. I probably would have used it as a reference instead, reading chapters in order to manage my own experiences with death and dying or reading chapters in order to support and comfort others.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    A good survey text on death and dying from a cross-cultural perspective. Undergraduate textbook feel. Picked it up second hand as a discard at a university book sale. Never read it end to end, but found it an interesting read to pick up and spend half an hour with from time to time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    I recently took a Death & Dying course and this was the text we used. I love this book. I thought it did a great job explaining all the different aspects of death.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Clark

    Good textbook.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kasheen Currin

    good

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diueine Monteiro

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gary Arr

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonnie Genova

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danni Rodriguez

  20. 5 out of 5

    Antigoni

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mooney

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany G

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jess Sousa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Holly Carlson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jean

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Nilsson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby M

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