BGR 4/28/2015: Advance Planning for Funerals and Sociology of Caregiving

Rabbi Address’s guests on the April 28, 2015 BGR program are Harry Platt, vice president and manager of Platt Memorial Chapels, Cherry Hill, NJ, who discusses advance funeral planning and the training funeral directors receive; and Dr. Deborah Carr, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University who studies sociology of the life course, aging, social psychology, and gender.

About the Guests

Harry Platt
Harry Platt

Harry Platt is vice president and manager of Platt Memorial Chapels in Cherry Hill. He has also had an extensive career in municipal government, including serving as mayor of Voorhees Township, NJ.







Dr. Deborah Carr
Dr. Deborah Carr

Dr. Carr is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. She also is co-director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral training program at Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, and has a secondary appointment as faculty at the School of Social Work.  Her interests include social psychology, aging and the life course, gender, and family. Carr’s research focuses on families and health; death & dying; and end-of-life decision-making. She is author or editor of six books including Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (2014, Rutgers University Press), the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (2009, Cengage) and Spousal Bereavement in Later Life (Springer, 2006). Carr is a member of the honorary organizations Sociological Research Association and Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She is currently deputy editor of Social Psychology Quarterly and Journal of Marriage and Family. Carr also is Chair of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, and is a co-investigator on the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) and Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).


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