Higher Education

Healing The Dying, 2nd Edition

  • Melody Olson, PhD, RN Medical College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • ISBN-10: 0766825728  |  ISBN-13: 9780766825727
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1997
  • © 2002 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $47.25



Whether you are a healthcare professional who cares for dying patients or a family member caring for a loved one who is approaching death, you'll appreciate the knowledge Healing the Dying has to offer. A practical yet compassionate guide, it thoroughly discusses the issues and needs caretakers need to be aware of when caring for the dying, and focuses on the relationship between death and society throughout history, how to comfort the dying individual and how to help families deal with the loss of a loved one. Complete coverage of the physiology of death helps prepare caregivers for symptoms experienced by the dying; chapter on care of the caregiver addresses the emotional stress that can result from caring for the dying and ways in which cope with this stress. Comprehensive in its scope, Healing the Dying integrates cultural and spiritual considerations into its framework and is based on current standards of care.

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Features and Benefits

  • · Real-life vignettes illustrate topics in an immediate manner
  • · Updated reference and Web site lists direct users to additional information
  • · Limited use of professional jargon makes this reference approachable by those outside the health care arena

Table of Contents

PART 1. The Sociology of Death.
1. What Does It Mean to Heal the Dying?
2. The Sociology of Death: Patterns and Values.
3. Theories Related to Dying, Healing.
PART 2. Comfort of the Dying Individual.
4. Goals for Comfort in Dying.
5. Pain Management.
6. Care of the Person Who is Frightened.
7. Spirituality.
PART 3. Help for Families.
8. Families.
9. Resources For the Dying and Their Families.
PART 4. Speical Cases
10. Unique Challenges.
11. Those Who Care for the Dying.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Melody Olson, PhD, RN

Melody Olson, RN, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has led a number of research efforts on near-death-experiences and therapeutic touch, and has led a number of seminars on both topics. She is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. She has published widely in both nursing and mutlidisciplinary journals. She is currently active in parish nurse education.