Ethical and Legal Issues in Death Education

Authored by: Carla J. Sofka

Handbook of Thanatology

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

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

10.4324/9780203767306.ch39

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Abstract

Perceptions of ethical and legal issues related to death education are quite polarized. This chapter will summarize ethical and legal issues related to death education from a range of perspectives. Literature can be categorized into contributions from two camps of authors: the advocates or believers (widely published thanatology scholars, death educators, and experienced clinicians affiliated with hospice or thanatology-oriented areas of practice) and the critics (stories published in the mass media or by conservative columnists). The absence of literature representing a third camp—the skeptics—is surprising.

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