Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss

Author: Jane Heustis, RN
Publisher: Companion Press
ISBN: 1879651475
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Intended for nurses, doctors, midwives, social workers, chaplains, and hospital support staff, this guide gives caring and practical advice for helping families grieve properly after losing a child at birth. As the special needs of families experiencing perinatal loss are intense and require more than just the bereavement standards in most hospitals, this handbook offers tips and suggestions for opening up communication between caregivers and families, creating a compassionate bedside environment, and helping with mourning rituals. Encouraging continual grief support, these specific companioning strategies can help ease the pain of this most sensitive situation.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss A Guide for Professionals

Author: Chantal Lockey
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1291805087
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Losing a baby is said to be one of the most devastating forms of bereavement. This guide has been produced to assist professionals working with bereaved families such as Midwives, Nurses, Counselors and Funeral Professionals, so that they can best assist the families at such a traumatic time.

In the Face of Death

Author: PhD Danai Papadatou
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826103406
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Occasionally I read a book and say to myself that this is a book that I wished I had written. This is such a book! It is a delightful, practical, interesting, and inspiring book! Danai has written a soon-to-be classic in the field! Her writing is excellent! Her use of theories, concepts, history, and models are wonderful!"--Illness, Crisis and Loss "Danai PapadatouÖ[presents] an approach of Relational Care, care based on an understanding of relationships, that should be essential readingÖ.[S]he writes in an engaging and non-technical language, and manages to convey complex ideas in a manner that is accessible to all." --Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych President, Cruse: Bereavement Care (From the Foreword) ì[A] wonderful contribution to the literature on caregiving and her well thought out ideas about relational caregiving are on the cutting edge. Congratulations.î -- Lynne Ann DeSpelder CoAuthor, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 8th edition "This is no ordinary academic textbook. It is nothing short of a masterpiece in which Papadatou provides the field of death, dying and bereavement with invaluable and constructive insights into the world of caring for the dying and bereaved."--Grief Matters "This is a fascinating book, applying important theoretical modelsÖin order to describe and speculate about how professionals manage to work in an environment where suffering and grief are constantly present. This is an important and substantial addition to the mostly self-help literature about self-care for caregivers."--Doody's Medical Reviews In the Face of Death explores the experiences of health care professionals who care for the seriously ill, the dying, and the bereaved. In this book, Danai Papadatou offers a practical approach to caregiving, as well as a breadth and depth of insight into both the patient's and the caregiver's responses to death. The author discusses the issues and challenges health care professionals face when treating dying and bereaved patients. Topics include: compassion fatigue, the inevitability of suffering and the potential for growth, suffering in the workplace, team functioning in death situations, and team resilience. The main themes are: The Caring Relationship focuses on the relationship between the care provider and the person who is dying or grieving, and proposes a new, relationship-based model of care The Care Provider in Death Situations addresses the health professional's personal responses to death, using a model that illustrates the grieving process of the health professional The Team in the Face of Death provides recommendations for effective, interdisciplinary care services that support dying or bereaved patients as well as the health care provider

Companioning the Bereaved

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt
Publisher: Companion Press
ISBN: 1879651416
Format: PDF
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Renowned author and educator Alan Wolfelt redefines the role of the grief counselor in this guide for caregivers. His new model for "companioning" the bereaved gives a viable alternative to the limitations of the medical establishment, encouraging counselors and other caregivers to aspire to a more compassionate philosophy. This approach argues that grief need no longer be defined, diagnosed, and treated as an illness but rather should be an acknowledgement of an event that forever changes a person's worldview. Through careful listening and observation, the caregiver learns to support mourners and help them help themselves heal.

Ghostbelly

Author: Elizabeth Heineman
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558618457
Format: PDF, Docs
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Ghostbelly is Elizabeth Heineman’s personal account of a home birth that goes tragically wrong—ending in a stillbirth—and the harrowing process of grief and questioning that follows. It’s also Heineman’s unexpected tale of the loss of a newborn: before burial, she brings the baby home for overnight stays. Does this sound unsettling? Of course. We’re not supposed to hold and caress dead bodies. But then again, babies aren’t supposed to die. In this courageous and deeply intimate memoir, Heineman examines the home-birth and maternal health-care industry, the isolation of midwives, and the scripting of her own grief. With no resolution to sadness, Heineman and her partner learn to live in a new world: a world in which they face each day with the understanding of the fragility of the present.

A Gift of Time

Author: Amy Kuebelbeck
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801899096
Format: PDF, ePub
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Caring and thoughtful, the book helps parents embrace the extraordinary time they will have with their child.

Birth Breath and Death

Author: Amy Wright Glenn
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781482079821
Format: PDF, Mobi
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At the age of fourteen, Amy Wright Glenn began to question the Mormon faith of her family. She embarked on a life long personal and scholarly quest for truth. While teaching comparative religion and philosophy, Amy was drawn to the work of supporting women through labor and holding compassionate space for the dying. Amy shares moving tales of birth and death while drawing on her work as a birth doula, hospital chaplain, and her own experience of motherhood. We are born, we die, and in between these irrevocable facts of human existence the breath weaves all moments together. "Birth, Breath, and Death" entwines story, philosophy, and poetic reflection into transforming narratives that are full of grace.

Helping Children Grieve

Author: Theresa Huntley
Publisher: Augsburg Books
ISBN: 9781451419016
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Practical suggestions guide parents and children through the grief process.

Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement in Nursing and Other Health Professions

Author: Beth Perry Black, PhD, RN
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826129277
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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[This] is a story of love, hope, and healing. There are 18 chapters covering intimate aspects of a young life ending and how those who remain behind can grieve in such a way that they go on living. This book is a collection of clinical wisdom, theoretical knowledge and models of care that can continue to tell the story and change cultures of care. As a palliative care nurse I am honored to write this Foreword and to be included in these pages with the authors who are truly pioneers in perinatal and pediatric bereavement. --Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN From the Foreword This is a definitive, state-of-the-art resource on the vital pieces of perinatal and pediatric palliative care. Culling the most important new evidence-based research and findings from scholars and practitioners worldwide, it links theoretical knowledge and clinical practice to fill a gap in current information. The text is distinguished by its provision of different and even competing perspectives that address the complexities of the tragic human experience of perinatal, neonatal, and pediatric death and the nurses and other healthcare providers who provide care to those involved. Contributors disseminate new theoretical approaches and reexamine current concepts in light of new research. They discuss the theoretical underpinnings of perinatal and pediatric bereavement, examine current thought on the dimensions of loss, deliver evidence-based clinical interventions, and offer the perspective of grieving families regarding their experiences and needs. The book provides both novice and experienced scholars of perinatal and pediatric bereavement with a strong foundation of current knowledge. With clinical interventions derived from research, the book will enhance the expertise of clinicians caring for bereaved women and their families. It Includes case studies, interview excerpts, graphics and review questions to illustrate key points, and summaries demonstrating how theory is translated to clinical practice and informs research. Chapters provide objectives, references, and suggestions for additional study. The book is also a valuable study aid for students preparing for the Pediatric Loss Certification exam. Key Features: Provides high-level but accessible information from renowned scholars in perinatal and pediatric loss Disseminates the newest theoretical frameworks that can be used to create interventions and develop research Includes case studies demonstrating how theory is applicable to research and practice Facilitates critical thinking with different and even competing perspectives Serves as a valuable resource for Pediatric Loss Certification (NBCHPN) preparation