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Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care [Paperback]

Victoria Hopsice Society
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June 9 2003 1878812920 978-1878812926 Out of print
Find the words—and the deeds—to meet the psychosocial needs of chronically ill and dying people, their families, and caregivers in this first-ever strengths-based, step-by-step guide through the process from diagnosis to death to bereavement. Transitions in Dying and Bereavement puts a human face on a difficult yet unavoidable topic. This book comprehensively and compassionately covers the key transitions that dying people and their families face and the most effective interventions to facilitate the transitions. Employing their many years of experience in hospice and palliative care, this team of counselors and other health care professionals provides:•clear explanations of current theory and research related to hospice, palliative, and bereavement care•ways to help alleviate anxiety, fear, fatigue, and feelings of denial and powerlessness•ways to improve communication about the experience of dying•help in planning for death•the Palliative Performance Scale, a functional assessment tool •sensitive explanations on navigating the three phases of grief•perspectives on difficult issues such as body image, sexuality, and intimacy•multicultural and interdenominational perspectives on death and dying•ways to support staff and much more! Activities, exercises, case studies, personal essays, poetry, and illustrations are liberally and strategically located throughout the text, forming the perfect in-service, classroom, or professional development tool for nurses, physicians, counselors, social workers, allied health professionals, volunteers, and others who work with people traversing the end-of-life experience.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellant Nov. 21 2011
The books arrived in excellant condition. They were packaged well for shipment to Canada. I have used Amazon on several occasions and have always been pleased. Thank You for your service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource March 3 2010
By Sue
This is a wonderful resource for any professional working with individuals in a palliative/hospice environment. It is easy to read and gives many practical suggestions that can be easily put into practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Hospice Should Own Many Copies Oct. 2 2005
By DrExistingMindfully - Published on Amazon.com
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This book should really be considered the Hospice Bible, or at least one volume of it. I have never seen a book so clearly laid out, so encompassing of the psychospiritualsocial concerns and strengths for hospice patients and their families! Our hospice bought it after I fell in love with it. Now our social workers and I (grief specialist and death educator) are using it to train our interdiscplinary team on 1. sensitivity, 2. helpful interventions, 3. understanding family AND team dynamics, and 4. understanding the range of care and history that each patient brings with them (such as their previous experiences with the medical, social services, spiritual, and psychological/psychiatric communitites).

At a time when hospice is changing so radically (with so many for profit hospice and so many agencies "pretending to do hospice under the guise of home health" it is refreshing to see a group who has been able to embrace the totality of palliation and hospice in such a humanistic and holistic way!!!

Kudos to the staff at the Victoria Hospice Society. I hope you know how many other lives you changed as this book was published!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for aspiring or practicing hospice counselors March 6 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Co-written by professional counseling staff members Moira Cairns, Marney Thompson, Wendy Wainwright and sanctioned by the Victoria Hospice Society, Transitions In Dying & Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide For Hospice And Palliative Care walks the reader through the stages that chronically ill and dying individuals and their families must progress through, from diagnosis to death to bereavement. The most effective interventions for easing stress and confusion are clearly explained, along with sample dialogues that reveal the issues and challenges at each step. Chapters include notes on multicultural and interdenominational perspectives on death and dying, perspectives on body image, intimacy, and sexuality in the dying, ways to help alleviate feelings of anxiety, fear, burnout, denial, and powerlessness, ways to help in planning for death, and much more. A must-read for aspiring or practicing hospice counselors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leah T. Aug. 5 2010
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The prompt delivery was greatly appreciated. The book is a "gem" of a handbook for anyone physician, nurse , social worker, or caretaker involved with terminally ill patients.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care Aug. 23 2005
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
good information on dying and transitioning into the process
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