In the Face of Death: Professionals Who Care for the Dying and the Bereaved

In the Face of Death: Professionals Who Care for the Dying and the Bereaved

by Danai Papadatou
     
 

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"Occasionally I read a book and say to myself that this is a book that I wished I had written. This is such a book! It is a delightful, practical, interesting, and inspiring book! Danai has written a soon-to-be classic in the field! Her writing is excellent! Her use of theories, concepts, history, and models are wonderful!"--Illness, Crisis and

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"Occasionally I read a book and say to myself that this is a book that I wished I had written. This is such a book! It is a delightful, practical, interesting, and inspiring book! Danai has written a soon-to-be classic in the field! Her writing is excellent! Her use of theories, concepts, history, and models are wonderful!"--Illness, Crisis and Loss

"Danai PapadatouÖ[presents] an approach of Relational Care, care based on an understanding of relationships, that should be essential readingÖ.[S]he writes in an engaging and non-technical language, and manages to convey complex ideas in a manner that is accessible to all."

--Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych
President, Cruse: Bereavement Care
(From the Foreword)

ì[A] wonderful contribution to the literature on caregiving and her well thought out ideas about relational caregiving are on the cutting edge. Congratulations.î

-- Lynne Ann DeSpelder
CoAuthor, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 8th edition

"This is no ordinary academic textbook. It is nothing short of a masterpiece in which Papadatou provides the field of death, dying and bereavement with invaluable and constructive insights into the world of caring for the dying and bereaved."--Grief Matters

"This is a fascinating book, applying important theoretical modelsÖin order to describe and speculate about how professionals manage to work in an environment where suffering and grief are constantly present. This is an important and substantial addition to the mostly self-help literature about self-care for caregivers."--Doody's Medical Reviews

In the Face of Death explores the experiences of health care professionals who care for the seriously ill, the dying, and the bereaved. In this book, Danai Papadatou offers a practical approach to caregiving, as well as a breadth and depth of insight into both the patient's and the caregiver's responses to death.

The author discusses the issues and challenges health care professionals face when treating dying and bereaved patients. Topics include: compassion fatigue, the inevitability of suffering and the potential for growth, suffering in the workplace, team functioning in death situations, and team resilience.

The main themes are:

  • The Caring Relationship focuses on the relationship between the care provider and the person who is dying or grieving, and proposes a new, relationship-based model of care
  • The Care Provider in Death Situations addresses the health professional's personal responses to death, using a model that illustrates the grieving process of the health professional
  • The Team in the Face of Death provides recommendations for effective, interdisciplinary care services that support dying or bereaved patients as well as the health care provider

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Risa Denenberg, MSN, ARNP, ACHPN (Harborview Medical Center)
Description: This book addresses the suffering of caregivers who provide professional services to persons who are dying or in the process of grieving a death. The author provides a theoretical framework to understand individual caregiver responses, as well as the response of caregiver teams in the face of death, dying, and bereavement of their clients. The framework includes the author's models for professionals' grieving process; team functioning in death situations; and challenges of educating healthcare professionals.
Purpose: The author poses that in order to ensure humanization of care to the sick, dying, and bereaved, guidance is needed to humanize the role of professionals who provide this type of care. She states that the book is addressed to all types of professionals including clinicians, researchers, trainees, and educators whom she feels can benefit from a better understanding of the processes involved in professional grieving. This is clearly a worthy objective, but the book meets its objectives well for educators and less well for clinicians.
Audience: According to the author, this book is addressed to a very wide range of readers, including nurses, physicians, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, and bereavement counselors, as well as researchers, health managers, trainees, and even volunteers. This audience is too broad for a book that is highly theoretical and would be of most interest to those who supervise, train, or teach those in this audience. The author is certainly an expert and writes with passion, using many examples and case scenarios.
Features: This book covers a range of topics including descriptions and theories about the relationships between professionals and their patients; descriptions of tasks of professionals who work with dying and bereaved individuals and families; a paradigm for understanding grief reactions among professionals; a model for understanding how different care teams cope with loss; and ideas for educating health care professionals who work with this population. One shortcoming in the book is that the author has primarily worked with a pediatric population, and primarily uses pediatric narratives as examples.
Assessment: This is a fascinating book, applying important theoretical models (such as attachment theory; developing a holding environment; group theory, etc.) in order to describe and speculate about how professionals manage to work in an environment where suffering and grief are constantly present. This is an important and substantial addition to the mostly self-help literature about self-care for caregivers. I am not certain that the whole range of professional caregivers would want theory in such depth, but for those with an interest and background in psychology, this is an important and useful book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826103406
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Danai Papadatou, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Athens. Her clinical experience, research interests and publications focus mostly on issues related to pediatric palliative care, bereavement support, and health care providers' responses to the death of their patients. Her work is known internationally through her publications, presentations at scientific meetings, and active involvement in international work groups and societies. She has organized several conferences and symposia and along with her father Costas Papadatos organized in 1989, the 1st International Conference on Children and Death and subsequently edited the book "Children and Death" (1991). She has received an award from Children's Hospice International (1989), and the 'Death Educator Award' by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (2001). She had the honor to serve from 1999 to 2004 as chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, an organization of leaders in the field of thanatology.
Dr. Papadatou is also the founder and president of a Greek non profit organization ("Merimna") which provides services to children and families who are coping with illness and death experiences, offers training to professionals who support seriously ill and bereaved children and adolescents, organizes psychosocial interventions in disaster situations, and sensitizes the Greek public on issues related to death and dying.

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