When Someone Dies: A Practical Guide to Holistic Care at the End of Life / Edition 1

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Overview

This book presents clear and sensitive guidance for nurses and health care professionals on all aspects of dealing with patient deaths. Advice ranges from coping with your own emotions and those of relatives, to all the practical arrangements which have to be made. It includes advice on sitting with dying people, lists of services offering help and counselling, and facts for every situation - when to call the coroner, organ donation, wills, and how death is viewed by people of different faiths.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Lisa Stepp, PhD, RN, APN, AOCN, CRNH (Private Practice)
Description: When a patient dies, staff and family members have many questions as to what happens next. In some cases, an autopsy is requested or required. Other times the patient may be transferred directly to the funeral home. The clinician needs to have a clear understanding as to what takes place in both instances to decrease the stress on the family.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide this type of information as well as caring for the patient and family dealing with end of life issues. The author meets this worthy objective in a caring and sensitive manner.
Audience: Although the audience is described as clinicians involved in end of life care, the book is obviously designed for those practicing in the U.K. The author has a wealth of experience in this practice setting.
Features: Perhaps the most impressive sections in this book are those in which the author addresses the issues of after death care and organ donation. Unfortunately, the information relates to practices in the U.K. and does not readily translate to practices here in the U.S.
Assessment: The author of this book provides much needed information for hospice and palliative care nurses. The nuts and bolts approach used by the author allows for easy reading and comprehension. Such a book designed for use in the U.S.is greatly needed.
From the Publisher
"...a simple easy-to-access fund of information and addresses [...] The final chapter on different religions and beliefs is particularly interesting and informative. [...] Overall this book is well written and easy to read. [...] ...a worth-while addition to any medical library."Physiotherapy and practical advice on caring for the bereaved [...] This book will sit comfortably in any clinical area and is an extemely useful guide to the practical issues of caring for people at the end of their lives."Nursing Standard
Lisa Stepp
When a patient dies, staff and family members have many questions as to what happens next. In some cases, an autopsy is requested or required. Other times the patient may be transferred directly to the funeral home. The clinician needs to have a clear understanding as to what takes place in both instances to decrease the stress on the family. The purpose is to provide this type of information as well as caring for the patient and family dealing with end of life issues. The author meets this worthy objective in a caring and sensitive manner. Although the audience is described as clinicians involved in end of life care, the book is obviously designed for those practicing in the U.K. The author has a wealth of experience in this practice setting. Perhaps the most impressive sections in this book are those in which the author addresses the issues of after death care and organ donation. Unfortunately, the information relates to practices in the U.K. and does not readily translate to practices here in the U.S. The author of this book provides much needed information for hospice and palliative care nurses. The nuts and bolts approach used by the author allows for easy reading and comprehension. Such a book designed for use in the U.S.is greatly needed.
Booknews
Helps nurses and other healthcare professionals implement a partnership of care for dying patients. Gives advice on supporting and communicating with patients and families, and discusses issues such as organ and sperm donation, living wills, non-resuscitation directives, and practical tasks that need to be carried out after death. Includes brief outlines of different religious beliefs and their attitudes towards illness and death, and details specific accommodations healthcare facilities can make for members of different religious groups. The author works in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting at the University of Manchester. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750640947
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/5/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Part One: Caring for the Dying Patients and their Families: Communicating with dying patients and their families; Choices for dying people; Patient comfort and control of symptoms; Wills and end of life decisions; Part Two: Care of the patient after death; Organ donation and donation of bodies; Part Three: Care of the Bereaved: Supporting the bereaved; Practical matters following a death; Part Four: Caring of the Religious Needs of the Dying: Meeting religious needs in the hospital setting; Religious traditions and healthcare; Index

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