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Death in the Victorian Family$
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Pat Jalland

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201885.001.0001

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Death in Old Age

Death in Old Age

(p.143) 7 Death in Old Age
Death in the Victorian Family

Pat Jalland

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the death of elderly people and the plight they have to undergo as they age, such as social disengagement, loneliness and isolation, dependency, and a declining sense of usefulness. In this chapter the focus is on the different problems and compensations of old age. This is looked at through various correspondence and writings of elderly people in the Victorian times. The chapter also discusses the concept of an accepted death, the preparation for death brought about by aging, and the absence of emotional trauma brought about by the concept of a natural progression of life.

Keywords:   death, elderly people, age, social disengagement, accepted death, preparation for death, aging, progression of life

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