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Healing the Dying discusses the issues healthcare professionals need to consider when caring for someone who is approaching death. This practical yet compassionate guide 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. A 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. · Real-life vignettes illustrate topics in an immediate manner · Updated reference and Web site lists direct users to additional information · Limited use of professional jargon makes this reference approachable by those outside the health care arena
Healing as relationship/sociology of death/goals for comfort in dying/pain mgmt/care of one who is frightened/families.
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. 7. Spirituality. Part 3. Help for Families. 8. Families. 9. Resources For the Dying and Their Families. Part 4. Speical Cases 10. Unique Challenges. 11. Those Who Care for the Dying. Epilogue. Appendix.