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Coping with Choices to Die

Coping with Choices to Die

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C. G. Prado
Cambridge University Press, 12/23/2010
EAN 9780521132480, ISBN10: 0521132487

Paperback, 206 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
Language: English

This book examines the reactions of the friends and family of those who elect to die due to terminal illness. These surviving spouses, partners, relatives and friends, in addition to coping with the death of a loved one, must also deal with the loved one's decision to die, thus severing the relationship. C. G. Prado examines how reactions to elective death are influenced by cultural influences and beliefs, particularly those related to life, death and the possibility of an afterlife. Understanding the role of these cultural influences on the grieving processes of survivors is a crucial step in allowing them to accept both intellectually and emotionally the finality of elective death and to deal with the decision of their loved one.

Preface
emotions, feelings, and thoughts Wesley Boston
1. Laying the groundwork
2. Feelings
their influences and control
3. Culture's elusive role
4. Revising the criterion for rational elective death
5. Two philosophical challenges
6. Survivors' responses
7. Accepting finality
Appendix
belief in an afterlife.