Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe

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Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe

SKU# 9780826107329

For Counselors and Educators

Author: Carla Sofka PhD

Editors: Carla Sofka PhD Illene Noppe Cupit PhD Kathleen Gilbert PhD, CFLE, FT


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This text provides current information about thanatechnology, the communication technology used in providing death education, grief counseling, and thanatology research. It offers a broad overview of how the communication technology revolution affects individuals coping with end-of-life issues, death-related and non-death loss and grief, and implications of the digital divide between those who have access to modern technology and those who do not. It describes the proliferation of online support groups and social network sites to cope with loss, and mechanisms for its commemoration. It also highlights blogging as a means of storytelling and SKYPE as a communication tool during times of loss and grief. The issue of disenfranchised grief experienced by online community members is also explored along with ethical issues.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 09, 2012
  • Page Count 290
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107329
  • EISBN 9780826107336

Table of Contents 

Part 1: The Communication Technology Revolution and Implications for Thanatology

Chapter 1: Thanatechnology as a Conduit for Living, Dying, and Grieving in Contemporary Society

Chapter 2: Demographic and Geographic Factors Impacting the use of Technology as a Resource

Part II: Building Online Communities of Support

Chapter 3: Social Networking Sites as Communities of Support

Chapter 4: The Special Case of Youth

Chapter 5: Blogging: New Age Narratives of Dying and Grief

Chapter 6: Internet Communities of Bereavement: Online Support Groups

Chapter 7: Therapeutic Support through Online Counseling

Chapter 8: In Cyberspace, There's No Such Thing as Disenfranchised Grief

Chapter 9: Virtual Funerals and Memorialization

Part III: Thanatechnology as a Tool for Information and Learning

Chapter 10: Informational Support Online

Chapter 11: Open to Hope: An Online Thanatology Resource Center

Part IV: Death Education

Chapter 12: Creating and Maintaining Safety in the Cyberclassroom

Chapter 13: Thanatology Research

Part V: Thanatechnology: Responsibly Looking Forward

Chapter 14: The Ethics of Thanatechnology

Chapter 15: Dying, Death, Grief, Solace, and Commemoration: What's now, what's next?

APPENDICES: information literacy guidelines, including basic criteria for selecting reliable sources; access to web-based resource

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