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From The CriticsReviewer: Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, MN(Hospice of Acadiana, Inc.)
Description: This book describes a short-term, to-the-point method of helping patients through the dying process and the family through grieving following a death. It focuses on self-help methods rather than on theory for understanding an individual's need for counseling.
Purpose: The purpose is to help the individual move on with life rather than staying in counseling for lengthy periods focusing on the past. The author states that this book is "about hope and growth in the face of death and loss." This book is worthy of the attention of all counselors in hospice and palliative care, as well as other fields.
Audience: Written for counselors in the field of hospice and palliative care or anyone dealing with individuals suffering from grief or loss, the book would be helpful for social workers and bereavement counselors. The author believes that persons are capable of healing themselves if given proper tools and guidance. He has spent 17 years practicing solution focused counseling.
Features: The book uses a variety of ways to cover the topics. It begins with a history of hospice and conversations with "Joel" and "Dan." Case studies illuminate what is meant by various issues and counseling dilemmas. The author explains the meaning behind language function, the individual strengths and resources that can be captured to aid healing, and methods of changing perspectives in counseling. This book provides a wealth of information in an easy to read format. The case studies help explain what it means to use this short-term approach to help individuals deal with grief.
Assessment: Although I have been a hospice nurse for almost 19 years, I am not a counselor. However, I will be able to use some of the information I learned here to assist my patients and my colleagues with issues encountered during the difficult time when patients are dying and families are struggling with realities. I will definitely share this book with our bereavement counselors and social workers.