Author(s): Sarah Earle
This anthology offers a unique collection of personal accounts of death, dying and bereavement. It examines representations of death, dying and bereavement in fiction, poetry, the media and the Internet, as well as exploring visual representations of death and dying. Included are: visual representations of the changing meaning of death within societies; examples of the ways in which the Web is being used to give and receive support when people are dying or when they have been bereaved; the moral, ethical and emotional issues involved in caring for people at the end-of-life; lay and professional personal accounts of miscarriage and the death of family members including children, siblings and parents; suicide and assisted suicide, the role of humour after someone dies, intimacy at the end-of-life and the impact of autopsy; and, reflections from survivors and people who have been bereaved following traumatic and mass death and disaster. This highly distinctive book will be key reading for professionals, students and those involved in the care of dying and bereaved people.
PART ONE: VISUAL IMAGES OF DEATH, DYING AND DISPOSAL Introduction - Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy Afghanistan Woman Sunrise Purple Planet Mask A Woman and a Boy Visiting a Man in Hospital A Deathbed Scene Mila Liza A Death Certificate The Death of Chatterton Dead Face of a Girl Dead Face of a Man The Dissection of a Beautiful Young Woman Human Bones in Paris Catacombs Mass Grave, Belsen Abandoned Grave Roadside Memorial, Avenida Espana, Cadiz, Spain Roadside Memorial, Groveway, Milton Keynes, UK, Roadside Memorials and the Public Health Memorial Quilt, Scotland, PART TWO: DEATH AND DYING IN POETRY, FICTION AND THE MEDIA Introduction - Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night - Dylan Thomas Ode to a Nightingale - John Keats Funeral Blues - Wystan Hugh Auden Diary Notes - Jenny Hockey Anthem for Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen Aftermath - Siegfried Sassoon Placing the Dead - Jenny Hockey Catch - Joseph Heller For Phyllis - Yasmin Gunuratnam Blind Date - Yasmin Gunuratnam Dead Sexy: Why Death Is the New Sex - Jacque Lynn Foltyn Obituary - Dame Cicely Saunders - The Times PART THREE: DEATH, DYING AND BEREAVEMENT ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB Introduction - Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy Here Today and Cyberspace Tomorrow: Memorials and Bereavement Support on the Web - Pamela Roberts Winston's Wish: For Young People Bereavement UK: The Garden of Tranquillity Andrea Rouen's Farewell Cass Brown Cancergiggles Anna Davidsson Bremborg Dead Bodies on the Internet When Kids Seek Help Online: Internet Chat Rooms and Suicide - Katja Becker and Martin H. Schmidt Resources on the World Wide Web - Sarah Earle PART FOUR: CARING FOR PEOPLE AT THE END OF LIFE Introduction - Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy Alzheimer's: My Mother's Death - Lydia Chant Respect for Autonomy: Easier Said Than Done - Mary Twomey Precious Lives - Margaret Forster It's Not Like Family Going, Is It? - Elizabeth Young, Clive Seale and Michael Bury A Fridge too Far? - Alun Morgan A Porter's Story - Anonymous Caregiver Suffering Is a Dimension of End-of-Life Care - Cynda Hylton-Rushton Always Fight - Atul Gawande The Social Worker and Chaplain during and after a Death - Nancy A Hodgson, Sheila Segal, Maria Weidinger, and Mary Beth Linde The Intimacy of End-of-Life Care - Debbie Komaromy Intimacy and Relationships: The View from a Hospice - Philip Ball Death in the Early Evening - Tom Heller PART FIVE: WHEN SOMEONE DIES Introduction, Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy Being Orphaned in Early Adulthood - Jacqueline H Watts Memories of Death - Linda Camborne-Paynter A Grief Observed - C S Lewis Suicide - Kier Hardie Suicide Is Painless? - Kythe Beaumont The Loss of Mango - Ingrid Nix The Death of a Socialite - Ricardo Estee-Wale Black Humour and the Death of a Child - Ann Martin Experiences of Miscarriage - Gayle Letherby A Family's Experience of Autopsy - Josie Hughes The First Death: A Student's Experience - Joyce Cavaye Death in Iceland, Hidden and Revealed - Arnar Arnason My Floral Tribute - Maxine Birch Silenced Endings: Death, Dying and Learning Disabilities - Stuart Todd PART SIX: REFLECTING ON TRAUMATIC DEATH, MASS DEATH AND DISASTER Introduction - Sarah Earle and Carol Komaromy When The Tsunami Hit Sri Lanka - Claire Wijayatilake Traumatic Bereavement and the Asian Tsunami: Perspectives from Tamil Nadu, India - Prathap Tharyan Ruth: Death by Murder - Lesley Moreland Reflections of Death: Continuing Memories - Carol Komaromy When Disaster Strikes: Reflections on Personal Experience of Disaster - Disaster Action Personal and Medical Memories from Hillsborough - Tom Heller The Personal and Professional Reflections of a Forensic Ecologist - Patricia Wiltshire Returning Property after Death and Disaster - Lucy Payne Collective Loss and Community Resilience AFTER September - Anne Eyre PART SEVEN: MAKING SENSE OF THE AFTER-LIFE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH Introduction Hospital Ghosts and Hauntings - Sarah Earle and Carol KomaromyParanormal Database Family Ghosts - Suzanne Perry Deathbed Apparitions - Simon J Sherwood Traveller Gypsies - Judith Okely If the Spirit Moves You - Justine Picardie Is Anybody There? - Jo Dawson Experience of the Loss of a Husband/Father - Dorothy Thornton and Gayle Letherby Sparkling Epitaphs: From Jewels to Web Portraits, We've Moved on from the Tombstone - Roger Dobson