Living With Dying: A Handbook for End-of-Life Healthcare Practitioners / Edition 1

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The first resource on end-of-life care for healthcare practitioners who work with the terminally ill and their families, Living with Dying begins with the narratives of five healthcare professionals, who, when faced with overwhelming personal losses altered their clinical practices and philosophies. The book provides ways to ensure a respectful death for individuals, families, groups, and communities and is organized around theoretical issues in loss, grief, and bereavement and around clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups.

Living with Dying addresses practice with people who have specific illnesses such as AIDS, bone marrow disease, and cancer and pays special attention to patients who have been stigmatized by culture, ability, sexual orientation, age, race, or homelessness. The book includes content on trauma and developmental issues for children, adults, and the aging who are dying, and it addresses legal, ethical, spiritual, cultural, and social class issues as core factors in the assessment of and work with the dying. It explores interdisciplinary teamwork, supervision, and the organizational and financing contexts in which dying occurs.

Current research in end-of-life care, ways to provide leadership in the field, and a call for compassion, insight, and respect for the dying makes this an indispensable resource for social workers, healthcare educators, administrators, consultants, advocates, and practitioners who work with the dying and their families.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Palliative Medicine - Katherine Miller

This text is an excellent resource.

Smith College Studies in Social Work - Cheryl-Anne Cait

It beautifully encapsulates the profession of social work and the care that social workers provide for the dying and bereaved.

Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care - Carole A. Winston

Living with Dying is the first comprehensive resource on end-of-life care... Social workers will find this text indispensable.

American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Reverend Francis C. Zanger

I would highly recommend Living with Dying.


This text offers a successful interdisciplinary approach to understanding suffering, the vital relationship of self to others (and the importance of self-care), and the competencies needed to promote compassionate, professional palliative care...Recommended.

Palliative Medicine
This text is an excellent resource.

— Katherine Miller

Smith College Studies in Social Work
It beautifully encapsulates the profession of social work and the care that social workers provide for the dying and bereaved.

— Cheryl-Anne Cait

Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
Living with Dying is the first comprehensive resource on end-of-life care... Social workers will find this text indispensable.

— Carole A. Winston

Kathleen M. Foley

Berzoff's and Silverman's text is a compendium of educational material uniquely edited to facilitate social workers' understanding of how to think about, talk with and practice caring for people with life-limiting illness, their caregivers and themselves. It should be required reading for all healthcare professionals who provide end-of-life care. From its use of personal narratives to its emphasis on the theoretical underpinnings of social work practice and research, this resource models excellence in teaching. It is authoritative, comprehensive, practical and readable. Although each of the chapters could stand alone, together they carefully weave the complex elements of what healthcare professionals need to know to be both competent and compassionate in providing end-of-life care. This resource thoroughly addresses the educational challenges set forth in the three Institute of Medicine reports calling for the education of healthcare professionals to facilitate improved care to people with life-limiting illness.Kathleen M. Foley, MDProfessor of Neurology, Neuroscience & Clinical PharmacologyWeill Medical School of Cornell University Attending NeurologistMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterPalliative Care Initiative Network PublicHealth ProgramOpen Society Institute

Reverend; American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Francis C. Zanger
I would highly recommend Living with Dying.
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
I would highly recommend Living with Dying.

— Reverend Francis C. Zanger

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231127943
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: End of Life Care: A Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 555,498
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Berzoff is professor and codirector of the doctoral program at Smith College School for Social Work and director of the End of Life Certificate Program at Smith. She is the coauthor of Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Practice in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts and Disassociative Identity Orders: The Controversy in Diagnosis and Treatment. She is the recent recipient of the Social Work Leadership Development Award from the Project on Death in America. Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D., is scholar-in-residence at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center and professor emerita at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is recognized internationally for her research with the widowed and grieving children. Her writing includes Widower: When Men Are Left Alone, Continuing Bonds: A New Understanding of Grief, Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives, and a new edition of Widow-to-Widow.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Narratives in End-of-Life Care Fragments of Love: Explorations in the Ethnography of Suffering and Professional Caregiving, by David BrowningThe Symptom Is Stillness: Living with and Dying from ALS, by Ellen Pulleyblank CoffeyThe Loss of a Child to Cancer: From Case to Caseworker, by Roberta HoffmanSeptember 11: Reflections on Living with Dying in Disaster Relief, by Les Gallo-Silver and Penny DamaskosPart II. Theoretical Aspects of Death and Dying Introduction To TheoryWhat Is a Respectful Death?, by Stu Farber, Thomas Egnew, and Annalu FarberDying and Bereavement in Historical Perspective, by Phyllis R. SilvermanThe History of Social Work in Hospice, by Mary Raymer and Dona ReeseThe Interdisciplinary Team: An Oxymoron?, by Inge B. Corless and Patrice K. NicholasEthical Issues in End-of-Life Care: Social Work Facilitation and Proactive Intervention, by Patricia O'DonnellSpirituality and End-of-Life Care Practice for Social Workers, by Carolyn JacobsGender and Death: Parallel and Intersecting Pathways, by Illene C. NoppeBereavement: A Time of Transition and Changing Relationships, by Phyllis R. SilvermanPsychodynamic Theories in Grief and Bereavement, by Joan BerzoffPart III. Clinical Practice Issues in End-of-Life Care Introduction: Clinical PracticeThe Trajectory of Illness, by Allen Levine and Wendy KargerClinical Social Work Practice at the End of Life, by Felice Zilberfein and Elizabeth HurwitzThe End of Life at the Beginning of Life: Working with Dying Children and Their Families, by Nancy CincottaWorking with Dying and Bereaved Older People, by Sue Thompson and Neil ThompsonAssessing Mental Health Risk in End-of-Life Care, by Katherine Walsh-BurkePain and Symptom Management: An Essential Role for Social Work, by Terry AltilioPalliative Care and Social Work, by Susan BlackerIntegrating Spirituality and Religion, by Barbara DaneA Framework for Multicultural End-of-Life Care: Enhancing Social Work Practice, by Norma del RioMarginalization at the End of Life, by Shirley Otis-Green and Christian B. RutlandLesbians and Gay Men at the End of Their Lives: Psychosocial Concerns, by Bruce Thompson and Yvette ColÛnPalliative Care for People with Disabilities, by Gary L. Stein and Lucille EsralewClinical Practice with Groups in End-of-Life Care, by Amanda L. Sutton and Daniel LiechtyTechnology-Based Groups and End-of-Life Social Work Practice, by Yvette ColÛnWorking with Families Facing Life-Threatening Illness in the Medical Setting, by Susan Blacker and Alice Rainess JordanHelping the Bereaved, by Phyllis R. SilvermanEnd-of-Life Bioethics in Clinical Social Work Practice, by Susan Gerbino and Shelley HendersonEnd-of-Life Care in the Prison System: Implications for Social Work, by Sheila R. EndersEnd-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes, by Mercedes Bern-Klug and Kim EllisThe Family Unity Program for HIV-Affected Families: Creating a Family-Centered and Community-Building Context for Interventions, by Christian Itin, Susan McFeaters, and Susan Taylor-BrownSocial Work Consultation to Mental Health Workers Serving Children and Families Affected by Disasters, by Lisa AronsonHematopoietic Cell Transplantation and the End of Life, by Iris Cohen FinebergOncology, by John LinderPart IV. Context and Leadership Introduction: The Contexts of End-of-Life CareCurrent Legal Issues in End-of-Life Care, by Stephen AronsAdvanced Directives and Assisted Suicide: Policy Implications for Social Work Practice, by Ellen CsikaiEnd-of-Life Care in Prisons, by John Dawes and Jenny DawesSocial Work End-of-Life Research, by Betty J. Kramer and Mercedes Bern-KlugFinancing End-of-Life Care, by June SimmonsTaking Charge: Social Work Leadership in End-of-Life Care, by Esther Chachkes and Zelda FosterThe Future of Social Work in End-of-Life Care: A Call to Action, by Elizabeth J. ClarkRelentless Self-Care, by Irene Renzenbrink

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