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From The CriticsReviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: The process of death continues to grow as an area of interest for those involved in the delivery of human services. Both physical and social sciences continue to explore the death experience and the appropriate interventions necessary to ease the dying process. This book is the third volume in the Facing Death series, a collection of works that discuss death, dying, and bereavement.
Purpose: This book attempts to bring together a reflection of social practices and values surrounding death with the practical issues addressed by health care practitioners and policy makers. Although a major undertaking, the authors are able to achieve this objective by building on previous knowledge and providing information regarding current practices.
Audience: It is designed for clinicians involved in end of life care. Students as well as advanced clinicians will benefit from this exploration into grief and mourning. The contributors and editors are leaders in the field of end of life care. Their involvement in the symposia on Social Aspects of Death Dying and Bereavement as well as their own experience provide a wealth of knowledge that they share through their writing.
Features: Grief work and grieving are an important concept in terminal and end of life care. This book provides the reader with a more structured view of these processes and significant insight into appropriate interventions. Both personal and professional responses to death are addressed.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to the series and comprehensively covers a crucial topic in end of life care.