Palliative Care, Ageing and Spirituality: A Guide for Older People, Carers and Families

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This sensitive and compassionate book provides older people who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones, as well as the professionals who work with these groups, with a greater depth of understanding of spiritual issues surrounding death and dying.

Illustrated with the experiences of many older people, it explores important themes such as grief and loss; fear; pain, distress and suffering; acceptance; transcendence; prayer; the healing of relationships; and intimacy, ...

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Palliative Care, Ageing and Spirituality: A Guide for Older People, Carers and Families

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Overview

This sensitive and compassionate book provides older people who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones, as well as the professionals who work with these groups, with a greater depth of understanding of spiritual issues surrounding death and dying.

Illustrated with the experiences of many older people, it explores important themes such as grief and loss; fear; pain, distress and suffering; acceptance; transcendence; prayer; the healing of relationships; and intimacy, and shows that the final journey towards death can be one of the most spiritually meaningful times in the life of an older person - a time in which there is still hope, and in which the person who is dying and their loved ones can grow spiritually, strengthened by the difficult times they face together. Spiritual issues for older people with dementia who are nearing the end of life are also explored, as are ethical and moral issues in death and dying, and the ways in which bereaved partners and relatives may come to terms with the loss of a loved one.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849052900
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction: About Growing Older, Dying and Death 11

1 Grief and Loss: A Part of Life 23

2 Fear of Dying 32

3 The Final Life Career: Is This only a Time of Waiting for Death? Or is There Something More? 35

4 Accepting that Death will Come 50

5 Pain, Distress and Suffering 59

6 Prayer 65

7 Responding to Meaning: Symbol and Ritual 69

8 Transcendence in the Process of Death and Dying 78

9 Healing of Relationships 82

10 Intimacy and Dying 89

11 Dementia and Dying 99

12 Ethical and Moral Issues in Dying and Death 107

13 The Final Days and Hours of the Journey 114

14 Learning to Live without My Partner 119

Appendix I Leading Chronic Diseases of Older People 125

Appendix II Leading Causes of Death of Older People 127

References 131

Index 137

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