chapter  14
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Death Attitudes in Adult Life: A Closing Coda

An implicit theme in many of the chapters in this book could be stated as a question: How can we conduct more meaningful research on the role of death attitudes in adult life? In their own ways, each of the authors provides one possible answer to this question, whether by arguing for better articulation of research with theory, promoting the use of promising scales or instruments, or exemplifying the application of these concepts or methods to particular populations or contexts concerned with death and dying. In this closing coda, I share a few of my own responses to this question, offering leads for others engaged in the development of thanatological theory, research, and practice. For the sake of impact, these reflections are presented as prescriptions for future work; however, I realize that creative contributions can (and indeed should) go beyond simple adherence to the guidelines I offer.