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Death, bereavement and health education.
Fahey, Tony; Health Education Bureau (HEB)
Concern with death, dying and bereavement as problems with educational and social science significance has expanded dramatically in the last ten to fifteen years, especially in the United States. The new field of "death education," which deals with counselling and support for the dying and the bereaved and with general social reactions to death and bereavement, has rapidly accumulated a large body of research ond expert literature (there are now at least three academic journals dealing with death education and related topics, Thanatology, Omega, and Death Education). This paper presents a brief overview of the thinking underlying death education and makes particular reference to its current and possible future applications in Ireland, especially as a branch of general health education. The paper contains three parts: first, a review of literature on death and bereavement from the social, psychological and educational viewpoints, drawing especially on the literature in Britain and the United States; second, an assessment of the social and educational reactions to death and bereavement in Ireland; and third, an indication of possible areas where health education in Ireland might be developed to deal with some of the problems that now seem to be emerging in public reactions to death and bereavement.
Publication Date:
Type: Report
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Health Education Bureau (HEB)
First Indexed: 2016-04-23 07:05:16 Last Updated: 2017-05-12 06:59:42