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The beliefs and traditions that revolve around the meaning of death play an important role in every culture, but how do these ideas vary and what are the implications for those in a society that is forced to confront questions of mortality? The 11th Death, Dying and Disposal conference, held at The Open University under the auspices of ASDS (The Association for the Study of Death and Society) in September 2013, examined how academic research feeds into and influences what practitioners believe and what they do, as well as evaluating how this influences the care and treatment of people at the end of their lives.
Track 1: The Public Health approach
Professor Allan Kellehear, sociologist and Professor of Community Health at Middlesex University advocates a public health model when it comes to care.
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Tracks in this podcast:
|1||The Public Health approach||Professor Allan Kellehear, sociologist and Professor of Community Health at Middlesex University advocates a public health model when it comes to care. Play now The Public Health approach|
|2||Hospices||Nigel Hartley, Director of Supportive Care at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London and is currently redeveloping Day and Outpatient Services at St. Christopher’s Hospice. Play now Hospices|
|3||Death and rituals||Professor Douglas Davies, an anthropologist and theologian at the University of Durham has studied death, dying and after-life beliefs in addition to editing the Encyclopaedia of Cremation. Play now Death and rituals|
|4||Politics of death||Arnar Árnason, is a social anthropologist and senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen whose interests mainly lie in the narrative construction of the experience of loss. Play now Politics of death|
|5||Managing death||Angela Abbott runs Bereavement Services for Milton Keynes Council including 10 cemeteries, one crematorium with 2 chapels, 3 cremators Play now Managing death|
|6||Research and practice discussion part 1||How does the work within academia feed into the work that’s carried out within the sector and how does practice influence academic thought? Play now Research and practice discussion part 1|
|7||Research and practice discussion part 2||How does the work within academia feed into the work that’s carried out within the sector and how does practice influence academic thought? Play now Research and practice discussion part 2|
Originally published: Tuesday, 1st April 2014
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