The Family, Institutional/Societal Systems, and Death Education

Authored by: Kathleen R. Gilbert , Colleen I. Murray

Handbook of Thanatology

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781138430815
eBook ISBN: 9780203767306
Adobe ISBN: 9781136726507


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The intent of this chapter is to provide information on the ways in which families educate their members about death and orient them to ways to behave in situations associated with death. In addition, we will address ways in which institutional/societal systems, such as the media, broadly defined, also serve to educate. Consistent with Corr and Corr (2003a), we define the term death education as efforts to educate on any topic that is somehow death-related. This notion includes both formal and informal educational efforts regarding dying, death, grief, and bereavement.

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