Life to be lived: Challenges and choices in life-limiting illness

Paperback | November 3, 2013

byCatherine Proot, Michael Yorke

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How do people face life-limiting illness and death? This challenging question is discussed in-depth in Life to be Lived by looking at the feelings, hopes, fears and stresses associated with life-threatening illness, often experienced by patients and their carers.Drawn from personal research and clinical experience, the authors, who work in bereavement counselling and palliative care, examine the process of adjustment that patients and their families go through nearer the end of life.Case-based examples from counsellors, chaplains, and carers provide an accessible and candid look at the challenges that both patients and carers face when dealing with options from symptom and pain control, communicating the appropriate information to families, to adjusting to the psychosocialimplications of being ill. Life to be Lived is essential reading for professionals and trained volunteers who work as a part of multidisciplinary teams in palliative and end of life care to improve understanding of the attitudes and behaviour of their patients. Families and friends will also benefit from the book as they tryto come to terms with their own situations and how they can cope better with them.

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How do people face life-limiting illness and death? This challenging question is discussed in-depth in Life to be Lived by looking at the feelings, hopes, fears and stresses associated with life-threatening illness, often experienced by patients and their carers.Drawn from personal research and clinical experience, the authors, who wor...

Dr Catherine Proot is a psychology graduate of Ghent University Belgium and holds a counselling diploma and a PhD from the UEA in Norwich. Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor she has specialised in palliative and bereavement care since 2005. She currently works as Psychological Specialist in Palliative Care and Bereavement Coordina...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199685010

ISBN - 13:9780199685011

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Table of Contents

Part 1: The patient experience1. The challenge of illness and pain2. All may not be lost3. Trials and adjustment4. Towards a changed outlookPart 2 : The impact on family carers5. Demands on the family6. Lives taken over7. Coping with change8. Some personal consequences for the carerPart 3: The professional carers and their roles9. Challenges for the professional carer10. The power and limitations of words11. Talking with patients12. Chaplaincy and spiritual carePart 4: Boundaries and resources13. Blurred boundaries14. A wealth of resourcesPart 5: The next step15. The next step

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"This publication offers an inspiring way for people in contemporary society to review death as part of life." --David Oliviere, St Christopher's Hospice