Dying is all about human beings in relationship with themselves and with one another. It identifies a relational process, a coming to terms with limitation; and ‘a good death’ identifies a dying process that has been marked by personal growth, deepening understanding, and the expression of care, not only from care-givers towards the dying, but from the dying toward themselves and in relation to those who care for them. Death is one thing, dying another. Dying is a process of tremendous variability. Rather than being an abstract universal, dying is profoundly personal and intimate. This book exemplifies the crossing of boundaries, perspective and disciplines to illuminate the intimacy of dying.
New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying
Edited by Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman
This inter-disciplinary volume gathers scholars from around the world to explore clinical, cultural and ethical perspectives on end-of-life care, not only for the dying but also for those who attend the dying as caregivers.
Categories: Persons, Medicine & Health, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Books.
Tags: death, disability, dying, end-of-life care, hospice, mortality, palliative care, patient.
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Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman
PART 1: Medical and Clinical Perspectives
Code Levels in Cardiology: Who, When and How?
Kathryn Brown and Sarah Weeks
Nursing the Dying in the Emergency Department: The Importance of Therapeutic Intimacy
The Final Cut: End-of-Life Empowerment through Autobiographical Video Documentary
PART 2: Cultural Perspectives
Palliative Care at the End of Life in Western Europe: The Scandinavian Paradox
James M. Hoefler
Kodokushi (‘Dying Alone’): Japanese Perspectives
‘Good Death’ in the Americas: Do North and South Americans Die Well Differently?
Emily R. Deibert
Managing Death in Twenty-First Century Scotland
PART 3: Philosophical and Ethical Perspectives
Accepting One’s Death as a Condition of One’s Happiness?
Dennis R. Cooley
Confronting Mortality: Reflections from Bedsides of the Dying and Workshops with the Living
Fran Moreland Johns and Sue Steele
PART 4: Care-Giving Perspectives
Drawing Lines/Making Connections: The Problem of Distinguishing Disability from Dying in PAD Law
Susan M. Behuniak
Risk of Burnout and Protective Factors in Palliative Care
Sandra Martins Pereira and António M. Fonseca
Making Life rather than Making Sense: Integrating Spirituality into the Daily Practices in a Hospice
Wai Leng Tong
The Institutional Belief in Replaceability: On Systematic Discontinuity in the Treatment of Patients at the End of Life
Lloyd Steffen, Ph.D., is Professor of Religion Studies, University Chaplain and Director of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His books include Life/Choice: The Theory of Just Abortion, Executing Justice: The Moral Meaning of the Death Penalty, and most recently Holy War, Just War: Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religious Violence.
Nate Hinerman, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty in the School of Nursing and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He teaches and writes about death, dying, bereavement, and community-based models of hospice and palliative care.