A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End / Edition 1

A Few Months to Live: Different Paths to Life's End / Edition 1

by Jana Staton
     
 

ISBN-10: 087840841X

ISBN-13: 9780878408412

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

A Few Months to Live describes what dying is like from the perspectives of nine terminally ill individuals and their caregivers. Documenting a unique study of end-of-life experiences that included detailed conversations in home care settings, the book focuses on how participants lived their daily lives, understood their illnesses, coped with symptoms-especially

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A Few Months to Live describes what dying is like from the perspectives of nine terminally ill individuals and their caregivers. Documenting a unique study of end-of-life experiences that included detailed conversations in home care settings, the book focuses on how participants lived their daily lives, understood their illnesses, coped with symptoms-especially pain-and searched for meaning or spiritual growth in their final months of life. The accounts are presented largely in the participants' own words, illuminating both the medical and non-medical challenges that arose from the time each learned the "bad news" through their final days of life and memorial services.

Describing the nationwide crisis that surrounds end-of-life care, the authors contend that informal caregiving by relatives and close friends is an enormous and too-often invisible resource that deserves close and public attention. By incorporating not only the ill person's but also the family's perspective, they portray the nine participants in the contexts of their daily lives and relationships rather than simply as patients. Addressing such issues as palliative care, quality of life, financial hardship, grief and loss, and communications with medical personnel, the authors identify how families, professionals, and communities can respond to the challenges of terminal illness and the need to confront life's end.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878408412
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1Study Participants1
2Communicating about Death and Dying23
3Planning and Choices57
4Professional Care and Doctor-Patient Communication89
5Knowledge of Illness and Attitudes toward Pain and Death111
6Daily Life and Meaningful Activities135
7Family Caregiving Experience173
8Support and Lack of Support for Family Caregivers215
9Personal Growth, Meaning, and Spirituality239
10The Final Days of Life271
11Memorials at the End of Life289
12Some Directions for Understanding the End of Life301
References313
Contributors317
App. AThe Missoula Demonstration Project Baseline Research319
App. BResearch Methodology for Studying Participants' Perspectives on the End of Life325
Index343

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