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Grief, End of Life and Bereavement

  • Lists and discusses the various types of grief reactions
  • Case examples for a multitude of people and therefore reactions
  • Guidelines on how to prepare patients and their families for the end of their lives
  • Provides tables and lists of concerns at the end of life and intervention strategies
  • Suggestions on how to support children through times of grief and bereavement

This chapter examines the various ways health professionals can work with patients and families as they face the challenges of the end of life and ultimately death. It provides guidelines on how to support children and other family members in the difficult stages leading up to the cancer patient's death.

Contents include

  • Grief reactions
    • Strategies to help
  • End of life
    • Supporting patients and their families
    • Preserving dignity at the end-of-life care
  • Bereavement
    • Bereavement follow-up and counselling
  • Supporting children through grief and bereavement
    • The challenges of caring
  • Putting it all together
  • Resources for health professionals and for patients, families and carers
  • References
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Author / Editor Biographies

Kim Hobbs holds a master's degree in social work and has been the social worker with the Westmead Centre for Gynaecological Cancer in Sydney since its inception in 1994. The Centre has established an innovative model of multi-disciplinary care, in which psychosocial support services are an integral component of comprehensive cancer care for women with gynaecological cancer and their families. Since 2001, Kim has been actively involved in a number of multi-disciplinary research projects - such as investigating the effectiveness of cancer support groups, the needs of cancer caregivers, the train...
Mandy MacDonald is a clinical psychologist with clinical experience both in Australia and in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. She has nine years' experience working in psycho-oncology at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney within both liaison psychiatry services and, in more recent years, through the establishment of a dedicated clinical psychology service to oncology patients and their loved ones. In her current appointment she provides in-patient and out-patient care to medical oncology, radiation oncology and haematology patient...

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