Negotiating Terminal Illness: Communication, Collusion, and Coalition in Caregiving

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Ethnography, Autoethnography, Narrative, Health Communication, Health Narrative, Trauma, Loss, Terminal Illness, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Bonds, Close Relationships, Arts and Humanities, Communication, Health Communication, Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies, Social History, Social Psychology and Interaction, Sociology


Given the relationship between trauma, loss, and interpersonal bonds, the editors have assembled a noteworthy list of contributions discussing trauma associated with close relationships (divorce, infertility, widowhood). Certainly, trauma is closely associated with loss. This edited volume offers the perspective of over twenty leading scholars in the study of trauma and loss. Each chapter offers extensive coverage of contemporary issues (terror management, rational suicide, spirituality, stigmatization). Relationship issues within these topics are also explored.