Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying and Bereavement

Paperback | April 24, 2011

EditorIrene Renzenbrink

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The need for renewal and support for those who care for seriously ill, dying and bereaved people has been acknowledged from the very beginning of the hospice and palliative care movement. While often referring to the rewards and satisfactions of the work, Dame Cicely Saunders was the first toacknowledge that helping encounters with dying patients and distressed relatives could be a source of anguish and grief for dedicated and compassionate carers. This book discusses the challenge of finding a balance between the support needs of patients, families and staff and the resources available. With contributions from practitioners and researchers from around the world, it recognises that palliative care today is being provided in many differentsettings and that there are wide variations in the way individuals and organisations identify and manage the stressors that arise through the work. This unique collection of international perspectives on the complexities and management of caregiver stress and staff support extends the firmfoundation Mary Vachon built over twenty years ago in her studies, and broadens the scope to include significant social, political and cultural variations on the theme.

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The need for renewal and support for those who care for seriously ill, dying and bereaved people has been acknowledged from the very beginning of the hospice and palliative care movement. While often referring to the rewards and satisfactions of the work, Dame Cicely Saunders was the first toacknowledge that helping encounters with dy...

Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker and pioneer in the field of death, dying and bereavement. Having worked in hospitals and hospice/palliative care services as well as the funeral industry she has acquired a depth of practice wisdom and knowledge about all aspects of occupational stress for helping professionals.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pagesPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199590400

ISBN - 13:9780199590407

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Table of Contents

Dr Sandra Bertman: Foreword1. Irene Renzenbrink: Introduction2. Neil Thompson: Workplace well-being: a psychosocial perspective3. Robin Youngson: Compassion in healthcare - the missing dimension of healthcare reform?4. Val Maasdorp: The challenge of staff support in hospice care in Zimbabwe5. Philip Larkin: Compassion: the essence of end-of-life care6. Pam Firth: Clinical supervision and reflective practice in palliative care: luxury or necessity?7. Amy Yin Man Chow: Prevention of burn out and compassion fatigue through education and training: the project ENABLE8. Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney: Revisiting empathic engagement: countering compassion fatigue with "Exquisite Empathy"9. Yvonne Yi Wood Mak: Working and living with cancer, death and dying: a personal reflection10. Ann Saville and Rosemary Feeley: Jumping the fence: the impact of a life threatening illness in the workplace11. Ted Bowman: Reflections on caring: a brief essay on presence12. Wendy Wainwright and Susan Breiddal: Staff support: a shared responsibility at Victoria Hospice Society, British Columbia, Canada13. Rena Arshinoff: When answers elude us: spiritual care as a tool for healing14. Mary L.S. Vachon: Four decades of selected research in hospice/palliative care: have the stressors changed?15. Danny Nugus: Seeing beyond the sadness: the symbiosis of sustainable practice in childhood bereavement16. Andrea Dechamps: Leadership and staff care, self care and self awareness: reflections from St Christopher's Hospice, LondonDr. William Lamers: Afterword