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The Last Dance Encountering Death and Dying, 9th Edition

The best-selling textbook in its field, The Last Dance offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of death and dying. Integrating the experiential, scholarly, social, individual, emotional, and intellectual dimensions of death and dying, this acclaimed text provides solid grounding in theory and research, as well as practical application to students’ lives. The ninth edition has been updated to offer cutting-edge and comprehensive coverage of death studies.

This text book is so well written that I could read it for fun! I had to read it for a college class, but I looked forward to reading it because it wasn’t too “textbooky”. It covers a wide range of topics from death in the lives of children to suicide to hospice care. It even covers the stuff that is too “taboo” for some people and questions that most people wouldn’t want to ask. Great read and I will keep this book to refer to during my lifetime.
I needed this book for a class on Death and Dying. Since the teacher didn’t cover any of the material in class, but tested from the book, I essentially read the entire book. Fortunately, that wasn’t hard to do. It’s more like a regular book than a textbook. There are no extra blurbs, bullet points, or chapter reviews, although those are offered online on the book’s companion website. It was just slightly to the dry side of readable, but compared to most textbooks very well done. It is very thorough in touching on all areas of death. There are also a fair number of pictures (all black and white), excerpts from poems, and quotes from other writers sprinkled through each chapter like ashes of a cremated person, which I now know actually have the consistency of ground up coral, not papery ashes! If this is a required text, you’ll be okay. Just a tip, each chapter is about 30 pages long, so it would be hard to read the whole chapter in one sitting. You’re better off reading a few pages each day.
“The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying” is an excellent reference for everyone looking to gain knowledge about “Death and Dying”. It’s well written, comprehensive, and complete. I was lucky enough to take Lynn’s course at Cabrillo and I have to acknowledge that this experience changed my life. Lynn is an amazing teacher, but if you’re not fortunate enough to attend her class, then I suggest you pick up a copy of this book. You will be amazed with how much you can learn from it. Everything about “Death and Dying” and how it affected our lives through time and space, how it was perceived differently for a culture to another, and other useful info that was never exposed before are compiled in this treasure. Get a copy now!
This class wasn’t a requirement for my educational course. As soon as I found out about a Death & Dying course being offered at my college, I was intrigued. Especially after knowing that the actual author of the book would be teaching the course, I was totally for it.
At first, I had my beliefs about Death and as I read the book, it gave me a whole different perspective about Death. I was able to use the information that I was able to learn from this book and apply it to my own personal life by being able to be there for those that were going through difficult times. The book is phenomenal in showing you the many different cultural perspectives of Death and how these cultures deal with it. Once I started reading the first chapter, I couldn’t put it down like a great novel. It was very captivating and intriguing to read and the chapters really focused on the titled subject very well. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is intrigued by this subject and wants to really get in-depth knowledge about how one can really cope and talk about Death. You won’t be disappointed! It sure would not be your LAST DANCE with this textbook! Two Thumbs Up!!
I recently read this book for a death and dying psychology class at the college attend and it is fantastic. Each chapter brings you into a new world of death and dying with facts that I never knew before. Although I read this book for an academic class I have suggested it to friends that are either interested in the subject or are coping with loss in thier life, they have all responded positively to the book. From an academic view point the book is great because it is accompanied with a web site that has a plethora of study tools for students to use like practice test for each chapter and flash cards. Not only do I recommend this book for a college course but also for any one who is curious about digging deeper into the world of death, dying, and bereavement.

“Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.” – George Carlin.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 9 edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073532010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073532011
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches

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