Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One [NOOK Book]

Overview


Dealing with a loved one's terminal illness brings difficult and daunting tasks for caregivers. Knowing when and how to say things and what to do becomes frightening. Caregivers often feel they are "walking on eggshells". This valuable, practical guide offers comfort, support and advice for managing economic, emotional and daily stressors from day one of the diagnosis.

Written in simple, user-friendly language, Walking on Eggshells addresses ...
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Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One

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Overview


Dealing with a loved one's terminal illness brings difficult and daunting tasks for caregivers. Knowing when and how to say things and what to do becomes frightening. Caregivers often feel they are "walking on eggshells". This valuable, practical guide offers comfort, support and advice for managing economic, emotional and daily stressors from day one of the diagnosis.

Written in simple, user-friendly language, Walking on Eggshells addresses many critical issues such as navigating through the complex medical system, handling loss of control,addressing financial problems, receiving and giving bad news, advocating for the patient and preparing your loved one's end of life. Sensitivity, humor and wisdom are woven throughout the chapters.

Most importantly, it provides caregivers helpful and therapeutic ways to cope with the sad reality and to know that they, are not alone and they will be able to pick up the pieces and live fulfilling lives.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Sales brings her 20 years of experience as a John Hopkins social worker to the topic of managing terminal illness in families. Her book has 21 short, pragmatic chapters dealing with issues like finding the right words, caring for a critically ill spouse or child, hospice, what death looks like, and whether or not children should go to funerals. The most valuable sections talk about what is age appropriate for children and how to make decisions about their inclusion in the family's experiences with terminal illness. While there was no mention of it in the book, Sales has supplemented some content of the book with YouTube videos, which readers will appreciate. VERDICT Unsophisticated but easy to read; though the text is unpolished, its lack of style doesn't detract from its value as a much-needed handbook on a difficult subject. Readers who know or who are related to someone with a terminal illness will find this of great use.—Fran Mentch, Cleveland State Univ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882824093
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Amy Sales MSW, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland where she has been providing supportive and grief counseling to patients and families for over twenty years. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Maryland she holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work - Clinical Track.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Life after the Diagnosis 3

Chapter 2 When Finding the Right Words Seems Impossible 7

Chapter 3 Who to Tell What and When to Tell It 11

Chapter 4 Talking to Your Children about Terminal Illness and Dying 17

Chapter 5 How to Prepare for Medical Appointments 33

Chapter 6 Handling Finances 37

Chapter 7 Taking Care of Yourself 43

Chapter 8 Caring for a Young Child with a Life-Threatening Illness 49

Chapter 9 Caring for an Adult Child with a Life-Threatening Illness 75

Chapter 10 Caring for a Spouse with a Life-Threatening Illness 87

Chapter 11 Caring for a Parent with a Life-Threatening Illness 109

Chapter 12 Progression of Hope 137

Chapter 13 Preparing for and Adjusting to Hospitalizations 143

Chapter 14 Handling Bad News 153

Chapter 15 Anticipating the End of Life 161

Chapter 16 What is Hospice and How Do We Talk about It? 171

Chapter 17 Understanding the Physical and Emotional Needs of Your Dying Loved One 179

Chapter 18 What Does Death Look Like? 185

Chapter 19 Should Children Go to Funerals? 189

Chapter 20 After Your Loved One Dies 195

Chapter 21 Reentry 201

Appendix Obtaining Additional Support 205

Notes 223

Acknowledgements 225

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Excellent support

    This is the best book I've read thus far. Very down to earth with helpful advice and support in this hideous situation.

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