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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HEALTH PROFESSIONS PRESS; Out of print edition (June 9 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878812920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878812926
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"the considerable experience of the contributors shines through. ... The book will be a valuable resource for all who work in hospice and palliative care, enabling and empowering them to further explore the psychosocial dimensions of the care we provide."--Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care"Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia" (01/01/2001)

About the Author

Victoria Hospice Society, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA, V8R 1J8. Providing quality end-of-life care, and teaching others how to provide that care, has been a Victoria Hospice Society (VHS) tradition since the organization was founded in 1980 in Victoria, British Columbia. As well as caring for those facing advanced illness, death, and bereavement, Victoria Hospice staff are also involved in provincial and national initiatives dedicated to palliative care training, research, and advocacy. In 1999, the Victoria Hospice Learning Centre for Palliative Care was formally established to work in partnership with other health care and academic organizations to advance excellence in palliative care. The Victoria Hospice program of care includes a 17-bed in-patient unit, a Palliative Response Team that provides 24-hour crisis to support to patients and families at home, a comprehensive bereavement program, and clinical consultation services to patients in other health care facilities. Victoria Hospice palliative care courses and publications, such as the textbook Medical Care of the Dying (1998), are valuable resources to professional care providers throughout North America. For more information, visit the Victoria Hospice website at

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By Sue on March 3 2010
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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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Every Hospice Should Own Many Copies Oct. 2 2005
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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!!!!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for aspiring or practicing hospice counselors March 6 2005
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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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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.
Awesome read Sept. 14 2014
By M - Published on
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Excellent, very useful material I will use often as a Hospice Social Worker.
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Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care Aug. 23 2005
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good information on dying and transitioning into the process