Readership: This book is aimed at palliative care practitioners, including the whole multi-disciplinary team; service providers in palliative care; and postgraduate researchers in palliative care. It will also be of interest to those in health and social care, social sciences, and the humanities, who work with narrative in a wider context.
Yasmin Gunaratnam, Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, and David Oliviere, Director of Education and Training, St Christopher's Hospice; Visiting Professor, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, UK
"This is a fascinating book that explains how stories and narratives can assist patients and their caregivers make sense of their situation." - Marlene Foreman, BSN, MN(Hospice of Acadiana), Doody's Notes, November 2009
Section 1: Concepts and approaches
1: John Paley: Narrative machinery
2: Sayantani Das Gupta, Craig Irvine & Maura Spiegel: The possibilities of narrative palliative care medicine: 'Giving Sorrow Words'
3: Yasmin Gunaratnam: Narrative interviews and research
4: Kim Devery: Narrative-based evidence in palliative care
5: Gillie Bolton: Therapeutic writing: 'writing is a way of saying things I can't say'
Section 2: Service and care development
6: Gail Eva: Narrative, story and service evaluation - patients' stories and their consequences
7: Karen Forbes: Narrative and storytelling in palliative care education and training
8: Phil Cotterell, Helen Findlay & Ann Macfarlane: Patient and carer narratives and stories
9: Tony Walter: Mediator deathwork
Section 3: Working with patients and carers
10: Arthur Frank: The necessity and dangers of illness narratives, especially at the end of life
11: Irene Renzenbrink: Life story and life review
12: Jonathan Koffman: The meaning of illness and symptoms
13: Rachel Stanworth: Spiritual care and attentiveness to narrative
14: Patsy Way: Bereavement, children and families