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A new model of grief: Bereavement and biography
The dominant model found in contemporary bereavement literature sees grief as a working through of emotion, the eventual goal being to move on and live without the deceased. This article challengesExpand
The revival of death
This chapter discusses Traditional, Modern and Neo-Modern Death, as well as Stories and Meta-stories, and Systems for Listening, which addresses expectations and Assumptions of the listening community. Expand
Does the Internet Change How We Die and Mourn? Overview and Analysis
Social network sites can bring dying and grieving out of both the private and public realms and into the everyday life of social networks beyond the immediate family, and provide an audience for once private communications with the dead. Expand
Modern Death: Taboo or not Taboo?
There has been a proliferation of literature on death - in the UK mainly journalistic and very recent, in the USA mainly scholarly and covering the past thirty years. This literature has created theExpand
Death in the News: The Public Invigilation of Private Emotion
Two sociological views of death in modernity are currently dominant. They are that death is not acknowledged in public, and that a public discourse does exist, the discourse of medicine. The articleExpand
Spirituality in palliative care: opportunity or burden?
  • T. Walter
  • Medicine
  • Palliative medicine
  • 1 March 2002
A four-fold typology of patients' approaches to religion/spirituality is developed, indicating the potential of differentiating between actual patients, rather than presuming a universal ‘search for meaning’. Expand
Historical and cultural variants on the good death
  • T. Walter
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 24 July 2003
It is argued that cultural norms about the good death depend in particular on, firstly, the extent of secularisation, secondly,The extent of individualism, and thirdly, how long the typical death takes. Expand
Three ways to arrange a funeral: Mortuary variation in the modern West
Why do funeral practices vary between modern Western countries? In the mid-nineteenth century, managing the rapidly expanding number of corpses had to be controlled and rationalized, but this controlExpand
Compassionate community networks: supporting home dying
The thinking behind an innovative compassionate community project being developed at Weston-super-Mare, UK, which rejects a service delivery model of care in favour of a community development model, but differs from community development schemes in which the mentor is a volunteer rather than a health professional. Expand