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.
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.
PART 3. Help for Families.
9. Resources For the Dying and Their Families.
PART 4. Speical Cases
10. Unique Challenges.
11. Those Who Care for the Dying.