Awake at the Bedside

Author: Koshin Paley Ellison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614291195
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book isn’t about dying. It’s about life and what life has to teach us. It’s about caring and what giving care really means. In Awake at the Bedside, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, chaplains, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, uplift, comfort—and change the way we think about death. Equal parts instruction manual and spiritual testimony, it includes specific instructions and personal accounts to inspire, counsel, and teach. An indispensable resource for anyone involved in hospice work or caregiving of any kind. Contributors include Anyen Rinpoche, Coleman Barks, Craig D. Blinderman, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Joshua Bright, Ira Byock, Robert Chodo Campbell, Rafael Campo, Ajahn Chah, Ram Dass, Kirsten DeLeo, Issan Dorsey, Mark Doty, Norman Fischer, Nick Flynn, Gil Fronsdal, Joseph Goldstein, Shodo Harada Roshi, Tony Hoagland, Marie Howe, Fernando Kawai, Michael Kearney, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Stanley Kunitz, Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Judy Lief, Betsy MacGregor, Diane E. Meier, W. S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Frank Ostaseski, Rachel Naomi Remen, Larry Rosenberg, Rumi, Cicely Saunders, Senryu, Jason Shinder, Derek Walcott, Radhule B. Weininger.

Buddhist Care for the Dying and Bereaved

Author: Jonathan S. Watts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290520
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Buddhist understandings of death and practices surrounding death have been hallmarks of the tradition since its beginning. Over the last forty years, they have been an important part of the global revival of Buddhism, especially in the West—from the popularization of the Tibetan Book of the Dead to Zen poetry about death, to Theravadan meditation on the decaying body, to belief in the welcome of Amida Buddha on one's deathbed. Today there is a plethora of new titles by various authors on how to use Buddhist teachings and practices to face death and the dying of loved ones, yet these titles by and large focus on how an individual can prepare for death (their own or another's) as an inner journey. Relatively little is known, however, about the number of Buddhist-based initiatives for caring for the dying and bereaved through the development of trained professionals and the building of facilities that have mushroomed since the late 1980s. While a number of these initiatives have been created by high-profile Buddhist teachers, like Sogyal Rinpoche and Joan Halifax, who have written heart-moving books on death, their initiatives and others are not as highly publicized in the mass media. In this volume, we have culled some of the best and most inspired examples of Buddhist care for the dying and bereaved from all over the world, covering the entire Buddhist tradition with essays from the Theravada tradition in Thailand and Cambodia; the Tibetan tradition in the Rigpa Spiritual Care Program, which functions primarily in Europe and the United States; the East Asian Mahayana tradition in Taiwan; and the Lotus Sutra, Pure Land, and Zen traditions in both Japan and the United States. The Buddhist hospice movement marks a recovery of the ancient practices of Buddhism towards death and their application in new, modern conditions and societies. Many Buddhists today are drawing upon this long and deep tradition to find their own models for developing forms of Buddhist engagement that not only confront but also transform the many problems facing people dying in the world today.

The Helping Professional s Guide to End of Life Care

Author: E. Alessandra Strada
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 160882201X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Nearly half of people at the end of life will receive hospice care, but few psychologists, nurses, physicians, chaplains, and hospice workers have been trained specifically to recognize and address the psychological, social, and emotional issues that may arise in patients who are dying. Patients in the midst of advanced terminal illness may experience a variety of distressing emotions, and may feel anxious, frightened, regretful, or desperate. This guide was created specifically to guide helping professionals of all kinds through the process of working through patients’ psychological issues to allow them peace and comfort in their final moments. The Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care clarifies the spiritual and emotional care that patients need and presents an evidence-based approach integrating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), transpersonal psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness, and guided imagery to help patients manage emotional distress at the end of life. Through case conceptualizations and detailed treatment planning guidance, readers learn to formulate comprehensive assessment and treatment plans for patients and gain skills that will help them manage the emotional intensity of this work. This secular, professional treatment model can be applied to patients of any religious or spiritual background. The book also addresses integrating the patient’s therapeutic team with the medical team, addressing the emotional needs of friends and family of the dying, crisis intervention for suicidal patients, working with clients on psychotropic medications, and how helping professionals can manage their own emotions to become more effective clinicians.

Changing the Way We Die

Author: Fran Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1936740605
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There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care—nearly 44 percent of all deaths—and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market. Changing the Way We Die is a vital resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face life’s most challenging and universal event. You will learn: — Hospice use is soaring, yet most people come too late to get the full benefits. — With the age tsunami, it becomes even more critical for families and patients to choose end-of-life care wisely. — Hospice at its best is much more than a way to relieve the suffering of dying. It is a way to live.

Palliative Care

Author: Diane E. Meier
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118039649
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Palliative Care is the first book to provide a comprehensive understanding of the new field that is transforming the way Americans deal with serious illness. Diane E. Meier, M.D., one of the field's leaders and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in 2009, opens the volume with a sweeping overview of the field. In her essay, Dr. Meier examines the roots of palliative care, explores the key legal and ethical issues, discusses the development of palliative care, and presents ideas on policies that can improve access to palliative care. Dr. Meier's essay is followed by reprints of twenty-five of the most important articles in the field. They range from classic pieces by some of the field's pioneers, such as Eric Cassel, Balfour Mount, and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, to influential newer articles on topics such as caregiving and cost savings of palliative care. The reprints cover a wide range of topics including: Why the care of the seriously ill is so important Efforts to cope with advanced illness Legal and ethical issues Pain management Cross-cultural issues Philosophical perspective The demand for palliative care has been nothing short of stunning—largely because of palliative care's positive impact on both the quality and the cost of care provided to seriously ill individuals. By providing a wide-ranging perspective on this growing field, this book will serve as a guide for developing meaningful approaches that will lead to better health care for all Americans.

Being with Dying

Author: Joan Halifax
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834821743
Format: PDF, ePub
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The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

Handbook of Palliative Care

Author: Christina Faull
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118426819
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A Practical and Comprehensive Introduction to the Field of Palliative Medicine "This is not so much a handbook of palliative care as the handbook of palliative care." —Palliative Medicine The Third Edition of the BMA's 1999 Medical Book of the Year provides valuable insights into the complex issues that arise in the delivery of palliative care. It is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in palliative care no matter what the setting—be it hospital, hospice, or community. Handbook of Palliative Care, Third Edition provides the what, how, and why of palliative care, helping providers follow best practices developed by specialists and supported by available research. It handily combines clinical practice and theoretical concepts in a succinct format, making the latest knowledge easy to find and apply. The Third Edition provides: Comprehensive and authoritative information as well as thorough detail on how to apply it Guidance from UK and North American clinicians who are experts in their field Up-to-date overviews of medicine management and complementary medicine in palliative care Considerations of audit and ethical issues in palliative medicine New chapters tackling important issues like Choice, Equality, and Diversity; Dementia; and Advance Care Planning A thoroughly revised chapter on cancer complications including the latest on lymphoedema This Third Edition of Handbook of Palliative Care is the book for doctors, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, social workers, family members, and anyone involved with or providing palliative care. The First Edition was the winner of the 1999 BMA Medical Book of the Year Prize.

End of Life Care in the ICU

Author: Graeme Rocker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019923924X
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This book highlights real clinical issues which need to be addressed if quality palliative care within ICUs is to be consistently delivered. It is presented in an easily accessible, bullet pointed style, and is illustrated with case histories from real-life patients, and drug tables.

Final Gifts

Author: Maggie Callanan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451677294
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In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

Conversations on Dying

Author: Phil Dwyer
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1459731956
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The story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well. We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Unlike the majority of us, Larry knew the death he wanted. He wanted to die at home, surrounded by his family: his wife of forty years, his children, and his grandchildren. He did. He was peaceful and calm at the end. Larry proved that the “good death” isn’t a myth. It can be done, and he showed us how. Ever the teacher, Larry made his last journey a teachable moment on how to die the best death possible, even with a pernicious disease. As hard as it is to guide patients toward dying well, it is far harder to live those precepts day by day as the clock ticks down to one’s own death, but Larry, together with author Phil Dwyer, chronicled his final journey with courage and humour.