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ERIC Number: ED143608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 16
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Attitudes on Death and Dying.
Andrus, Charles E.
This paper explored attitudes toward death and dying revealed through interviews with members of the clergy, the medical profession, funeral directors, nursing home residents, and selected others. The sampling was small and results are not intended to be representative of the groups to which these people belong. Rather, the study may be used as a means for further investigation into the subject. Some questions asked were: (1) Do you ever feel emotionally involved, and if so, how do you maintain your professional perspective? (2) What is a most often felt response of the dying patient--anger or shock? (3) What is the grief process and is it necessary? (4) What is a most often felt response of the survivor--guilt or relief? In addition funeral directors were questioned concerning funeral and cremation costs, and directors' responsibilities to families. Results indicated that the ministry seems in best control of death situations while the medical profession appeared least able to respond to the psychological needs of the dying. Funerals remain highly acceptable; many services are becoming highly individualized. Fear of isolation and of dying alone was expressed by older citizens. Although most people prefer to die in familiar surroundings, an increasing majority die in hospitals. A short bibliography on the subject is included. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association (Dallas, Texas, March 31-April 2, 1977)