Readership: Professionals and trained volunteers who work in palliative and end-of-life care as well as patients, families, and friends dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
Catherine Proot, Psychological Specialist in Palliative Care and Bereavement Coordinator, St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds, UK, and Michael Yorke, Retired Priest and Vice Chairman, The Norfolk Hospice, UK
Dr Catherine Proot is a psychology graduate of Ghent University Belgium and holds a counselling diploma and a PhD from the UEA in Norwich. Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor she has specialised in palliative and bereavement care since 2005. She currently works as Psychological Specialist in Palliative Care and Bereavement Coordinator in St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, UK.
The Very Revd Michael Yorke is a Cambridge graduate in Law and Theology.
He also studied at The Tavistock Institute in London and the UEA in Norwich. He is a retired Anglican Priest who worked principally in and through four Cathedrals. He has 45 years of experience as a counsellor and was for 18 years a Samaritan three of which as National Chairman. He is currently Vice Chairman to the Norfolk Hospice near Kings Lynn, UK.
"This publication offers an inspiring way for people in contemporary society to review death as part of life." - David Oliviere, St Christopher's Hospice
"This book is about the suffering associated with life-threateneing illness, how some patients and their families seem to manage better, and how good holistic care (with an emphasis on the spiritual aspects of that care) provided by the professional carers may help ameliorate that sufering. Anyone who works in palliative care will be better off for having read this book and reflected on what it says in the context of their own work." - Roger Woodruff, IAHPC News
Part 1: The patient experience
1: The challenge of illness and pain
2: All may not be lost
3: Trials and adjustment
4: Towards a changed outlook
Part 2 : The impact on family carers
5: Demands on the family
6: Lives taken over
7: Coping with change
8: Some personal consequences for the carer
Part 3: The professional carers and their roles
9: Challenges for the professional carer
10: The power and limitations of words
11: Talking with patients
12: Chaplaincy and spiritual care
Part 4: Boundaries and resources
13: Blurred boundaries
14: A wealth of resources
Part 5: The next step
15: The next step