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The Ultimate Challenge: Coping with Death, Dying and Bereavement, 1st Edition

By Marilyn Hadad
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Soft Cover
300 pages
ISBN-10: 017610433X
ISBN-13: 9780176104337
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

The Ultimate Challenge: Coping with Death, Dying and Bereavement, presents the topic as seen through a Canadian perspective, including Canadian demographics and examples specifically taken from events within Canada. There is a balance of theoretical, empirical and practical material, making The Ultimate Challenge: Coping with Death, Dying and Bereavement appropriate for students who want a basic knowledge of the area and for students who are training in mental health or medical areas in which such knowledge will have immediate applications. The area of death, dying and bereavement is multi-disciplinary, and this book draws on material from the different disciplines: psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, political science, literature and the arts. Issues and concepts are illustrated with newspaper items and case studies, increasing the immediate relevance of the material presented.


  • Ground-up Canadian text
  • Includes the Leming Fear of Death Scale
  • Individual and Group activities are incorporated throughout the book
  • Issues and concepts are illustrated with newspaper items and case studies
  • Canadian Case studies are showcased throughout text
  • Section on how the media shapes our attitudes toward death
  • Religious attitudes toward death and cross-cultural differences are explored
  • Canadian listing of some of the support groups that are available
  • List of books, videos, movies and resources available in Canada about this subject matter

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the Author
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Contemporary Attitudes toward Death
  • Chapter 3: Religious and Cross-Cultural Attitudes toward Death
  • Chapter 4: End-of-Life Bereavement
  • Chapter 5: Grief and Bereavement
  • Chapter 6: Death and the Child
  • Chapter 7: Death and the Adult
  • Chapter 8: Death and the Elderly
  • Chapter 9: Suicide
  • Chapter 10: Death and Trauma: When Mourning is more Difficult
  • Chapter 11: End-of-Life Care
  • Chapter 12: How to Help
  • Chapter 13: Making Meaning
  • Chapter 14: Ethical and Legal Issues at the End-of-Life
  • Chapter 15: The Future
  • Appendix: To Explore Further
  • Glossary
  • Name Index
  • Subject Index.

Author Information

Marilyn Hadad

Marilyn is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Her areas of specialization include Personality and Growth, Stress Management, and Cross Cultural Psychology. She is a co-author on Approaches to Psychology 4th edition published by Open University press (UK); has authored a study guide, instructor manual and test bank for Copp Clark Pitman; and has a number of academic publications including one in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.