Living with Dying

A Handbook for End-of-Life Healthcare Practitioners

Edited by Joan Berzoff and Phyllis R. Silverman

Columbia University Press

Living with Dying

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Pub Date: August 2004

ISBN: 9780231127943

928 Pages

Format: Hardcover

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Pub Date: August 2004

ISBN: 9780231502146

928 Pages

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Living with Dying

A Handbook for End-of-Life Healthcare Practitioners

Edited by Joan Berzoff and Phyllis R. Silverman

Columbia University Press

The first resource on end-of-life care for healthcare practitioners who work with the terminally ill and their families, Living with Dying begins with the narratives of five healthcare professionals, who, when faced with overwhelming personal losses altered their clinical practices and philosophies. The book provides ways to ensure a respectful death for individuals, families, groups, and communities and is organized around theoretical issues in loss, grief, and bereavement and around clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups.

Living with Dying addresses practice with people who have specific illnesses such as AIDS, bone marrow disease, and cancer and pays special attention to patients who have been stigmatized by culture, ability, sexual orientation, age, race, or homelessness. The book includes content on trauma and developmental issues for children, adults, and the aging who are dying, and it addresses legal, ethical, spiritual, cultural, and social class issues as core factors in the assessment of and work with the dying. It explores interdisciplinary teamwork, supervision, and the organizational and financing contexts in which dying occurs.

Current research in end-of-life care, ways to provide leadership in the field, and a call for compassion, insight, and respect for the dying makes this an indispensable resource for social workers, healthcare educators, administrators, consultants, advocates, and practitioners who work with the dying and their families.
Berzoff's and Silverman's text is a compendium of educational material uniquely edited to facilitate social workers' understanding of how to think about, talk with and practice caring for people with life-limiting illness, their caregivers and themselves. It should be required reading for all healthcare professionals who provide end-of-life care. From its use of personal narratives to its emphasis on the theoretical underpinnings of social work practice and research, this resource models excellence in teaching. It is authoritative, comprehensive, practical and readable. Although each of the chapters could stand alone, together they carefully weave the complex elements of what healthcare professionals need to know to be both competent and compassionate in providing end-of-life care. This resource thoroughly addresses the educational challenges set forth in the three Institute of Medicine reports calling for the education of healthcare professionals to facilitate improved care to people with life-limiting illness.Kathleen M. Foley, MDProfessor of Neurology, Neuroscience & Clinical PharmacologyWeill Medical School of Cornell University Attending NeurologistMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterPalliative Care Initiative Network PublicHealth ProgramOpen Society Institute Kathleen M. Foley, MD
I would highly recommend Living with Dying. Reverend Francis C. Zanger, American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
This text offers a successful interdisciplinary approach to understanding suffering, the vital relationship of self to others (and the importance of self-care), and the competencies needed to promote compassionate, professional palliative care...Recommended. Choice
This text is an excellent resource. Katherine Miller, Palliative Medicine
It beautifully encapsulates the profession of social work and the care that social workers provide for the dying and bereaved. Cheryl-Anne Cait, Smith College Studies in Social Work
Living with Dying is the first comprehensive resource on end-of-life care... Social workers will find this text indispensable. Carole A. Winston, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
Contents
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Foreword, by Thomas R. Egnew
Introduction
Part I Narratives in End-of-Life Care
1. Fragments of Love: Explorations in the Ethnography of Suffering and Professional Caregiving, by David Browning
2. The Symptom Is Stillness: Living with and Dying from ALS, by Ellen Pulleyblank Coffey
3. The Loss of a Child to Cancer: From Case to Caseworker, by Roberta Hoffman
4. September 11: Reflections on Living with Dying in Disaster Relief, by es Gallo-Silver and Penny Damaskos
Part II Theoretical Aspects of Death and Dying
Introduction: Theory
5. What Is a Respectful Death? by Stu Farber, Thomas Egnew, and Annalu Farber
6. Dying and Bereavement in Historical Perspective, by Phyllis R. Silverman
7. The History of Social Work in Hospice, by Mary Raymer and Dona Reese
8. The Interdisciplinary Team: An Oxymoron? by Inge B. Corless and Patrice K. Nicholas
9. Ethical issues in End-of-Life Care: Social Work and Facilitation and Proactive Intervention, by Patricia O'Donnell
10. Spirituality and End-of-Life Care Practice for Social Workers, by Carolyn Jacobs
11. Gender and Death: Parallel and Intersecting Pathways, by Illene C. Noppe
12. Bereavement: A Time of Transition and Changing Relationships, by Phyllis R. Silverman
13. Psychodynamic Theories in Grief and Bereavement, by Joan Berzoff
Part III Clinical Practice Issues in End-of-Life Care
Introduction: Clinical Practice
14. The Trajectory of Illness, by Allen Levine and Wendy Karger
15. Clinical Social Work Practice at the End of Life, by Felice Zilberfein and Elizabeth Hurwitz
16. The End of Life at the Beginning of Life: Working with Dying Children and Their Families, by Nancy Cincotta
17. Working with Dying and Bereaved Older People, by Sue Thompson and Neil Thompson
18. Assessing Mental Health Risk in End-of-Life Care, by Katherine Walsh-Burke
19. Pain and Symptom Management: An Essential Role for Social Work, by Terry Altilio

About the Author

Joan Berzoff is professor and codirector of the doctoral program at Smith College School for Social Work and director of the End of Life Certificate Program at Smith. She is the coauthor of Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Practice in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts and Disassociative Identity Orders: The Controversy in Diagnosis and Treatment. She is the recent recipient of the Social Work Leadership Development Award from the Project on Death in America. Phyllis R. Silverman, Ph.D., is scholar-in-residence at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center and professor emerita at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is recognized internationally for her research with the widowed and grieving children. Her writing includes Widower: When Men Are Left Alone, Continuing Bonds: A New Understanding of Grief, Never Too Young to Know: Death in Children's Lives, and a new edition of Widow-to-Widow.