Edited By Jon F. Nussbaum, Howard Giles and Amber Worthington
Series Editor Preface
Communication at the End of Life
THOMAS J. SOCHA
Communication at the End of Life represents a milestone in the history of ideas about lifespan communication and is a significant and essential addition to the Lifespan Communication: Children, Families and Aging book series. Together, the editors and authors provide us with a communicative lens through which to view the many sides of experiencing our final days. They enlighten us about myriad choices, provide insights into improving the quality of end of life, and offer a positive framework for use by all those sharing an end-of-life journey. Although difficult and profound on so many levels, communication during end of life is really a continuation of all the communication that has come before and will come after—something that the famous Brandeis University sociologist Morrie Schwartz (2008) understood all too well, as he reminded us that if we can learn how to die, we can learn how to live.
Like this volume, the book series invites scholars to view communication through a panoramic lens—first words to final conversations—a comprehensive communication vista that brings children, adolescents, and adults of all ages into focus for the field of communication. It is my hope that such a view will become ← ix | x → commonplace in communication thinking and research where communication scholars take seriously the idea that all communication is developmental from its beginning to its end.
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