Special Issue "New Psychological Perspectives on Death and Dying—between Normality and the COVID-19 Emergency"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
2. Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
Interests: death; dying; palliative care; psychological interventions; dignity in end-life; self-determination in end-life choices; support for dying people; support for caregivers; anxiety of death and its management; representations of death; Terror Management Theory; spirituality and religiosity; epistemology of ontological representations of life
In these days of trauma caused by COVID-19, the whole world is confronted with a renewed importance to be attributed to behaviors that protect health. The West is also confronted with the inability to represent death and dying, until now strongly removed from everyday real life. This unpreparedness has perhaps made the COVID-19 event even more traumatic in all more technologically advanced countries. For this reason, it is important from now on to systematically enhance research on the ways in which people die, more or less independently of the COVID-19 event, giving importance to all the expressions with which death manifests itself in the existential horizon of people and societies, investigating the best strategies to deal with it.
This Special Issue is divided into several sections, some are closely related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, others refer to the whole horizon of research, studies and reflections on the forms and modalities of dying, as well as the interventions that can help to manage death and the suffering it implies.
Section One - COVID-19: The trauma caused by the virus in people's lives, in the community, and in society: appropriate psychological reflections and interventions;
Second Section - Palliative Psychology: the model of palliative care, which is based on the support that psychology can offer the patient, family members, and the palliative care team, both within the hospice and in home care;
Third Section - Grief: an examination of all expressions of loss and grief and appropriate interventions to support mourners, resilience and risk factors, new expressions, and social factors influencing the experience of loss;
Fourth section - Death Education: social and psychological strategies for dealing with death anxiety.Prof. Dr. Ines Testoni
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- psychological effects of COVID-19
- palliative psychology
- loss, grief, and mourning
- death studies
- Terror Management Theory
- representation of death
- death education
- grief/mourning counselling or psychotherapy
- social trauma
- social health discrimination processes
- social representations of death