Every living thing must die, but only human beings know it. This knowledge can bring to the living, anxiety and despair or new richness and meaning. This volume explores the problems and possibilities of coping with this universal experience.


PART ONE The Dying Process
 So? Ronald Koenig
The Onset of the Dying Process Richard A. Kalish
The Dying Patient and the Double-Bind Hypothesis Richard C. Erickson and Bobbie J. Hyerstay
Clinical Research and the Stages of Dying Richard Schulz and David Aderman
Slow Death: One Survivor's Experience Dorothy Paulay
Psychosocial Analysis of Cancer Deaths Avery D. Weisman and J. William Worden

PART TWO Meanings of Death
 What Is the Meaning of Death to the Dying Person and His Survivors? Eli Marcovitz
Differing Bereavements: Suicide, Natural, and Accidental Death Arlene Sheskin and Samuel E. Wallace
Social Organization and Death Vanderlyn R. Pine
The Street Corner: A Laboratory for the Study of Life-Threatening Behavior Robert Kastenbaum and Laura Briscoe
The Last Strand: Remnants of Engagement in the Later Years Victor W. Marshall
Old People Talk About: The Right to DieShura Saul and Sidney R. Saul

PART THREE Transcending Death
 The Experience of Dying from Falls Russell Noyes, Jr. and Roy Kletti
On Death and the Continuity of Life: A Psychohistorical Perspective  Robert Jay Lifton
The Coffin J.H.