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Author Perkins, Henry S., author

Title A guide to psychosocial and spiritual care at the end of life / Henry S. Perkins
Published New York, NY : Springer, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 486 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Psychosocial and Spiritual Care with the End of Life in Sight -- The Symptoms and Signs of Dying -- Decisions at the Ends of Patients' Lives -- Risks, Benefits, and Patients' Treatment Decisions at the End of Life -- The Challenges of Prognosis Near the End of Life -- Advance Care Planning and Preparing to Die -- Proxy Decision-Making at the End of Life -- Impact of Terminal Illness on the Family -- Care for Family Caregivers -- Culture and End-of-Life Care -- The "Right" Time and Way to Die -- Going Home, the Afterlife, and Other Beliefs About Death -- Bereavement and Grief -- Giving End-of-Life Spiritual Care -- A Look Back, a Look Now, and a Look Forward
Summary Psychological, social, and spiritual care is as important as physical care at the end of life. Yet caregivers often feel ill-equipped to give that nonphysical care. This book shows how to do it. The book addresses all caregivers who attend dying patients: doctors, nurses, chaplains, clergy in the pastorate, social workers, clinical psychologists, family caregivers, and others. It covers such topics as the functional and emotional trajectories of dying; the varied approaches of patients and caregivers to end-of-life decisions; culturally based beliefs about dying; the differences between depression and grief; and peopleℓ́ℓs views about the right time to die, the death experience itself, and the afterlife. For each topic the book introduces core concepts and summarizes recent research about them. The book presents much of its material in readable tables for easy reference; applies the material to real-life cases; lists the main ℓ́ℓtake homeℓ́ℓ points for each chapter; and gives references for additional reading. The book helps caregivers anticipate the reactions of patients and survivors to end-of-life traumas and suggests how caregivers can respond insightfully and compassionately. At the same time the book challenges caregivers to think through their own views about death and dying. This book, therefore, is a must-read for all caregiversℓ́ℓprofessional and nonprofessional alikeℓ́ℓwho strive to give their patients comprehensive, high-quality end-of-life care
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed March 23, 2017)
Subject Terminal care.
Terminal care -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Terminal care -- Psychological aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781493968046 (electronic bk.)
1493968041 (electronic bk.)