The work presented in this thesis explores the relationship an individual has to death and how the person can acknowledge death without leaning toward fear. Through a hermeneutic and heuristic approach, this thesis investigates how the reduction of death anxiety can lead to a more fulfilling life. Analyzed are findings presented by existential psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, and the author's own personal experiences in order to gain understanding and connection to a more positive interaction with death and dying. The concept of death anxiety is considered and incorporated into the metaphorical understanding of death concepts. The future implications and potential work for clinical practice and research are discussed throughout.
|Advisor:||Owen, Marilyn J.|
|Commitee:||Altman, Avrom, Jacobson, Gioia|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Philosophy, Social work, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Death and dying, Death anxiety, Existential psychology, Existentialism, Hospice work|
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