Compassion: The Essence of Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Compassion: The Essence of Palliative and End-of-Life Care

By: Philip J. Larkin (author)Paperback

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Since the efforts of Dame Cicely Saunders and the founders of the modern hospice movement, compassion has become a fundamental part of palliative care. In this ground-breaking book, international experts give their critical thoughts on the essence and role of compassion, in both palliative and hospice care over the past half-century. Compassion: The essence of palliative and end-of-life care provides insight into the motivations for, and practice of, compassionate palliative and hospice care, featuring the reflections of leading healthcare professionals, social workers, chaplains and educators. Chapters utilise case examples and first-hand experiences to explore the historical and contemporary discourse surrounding the concept of compassion in palliative medicine. This book is relevant to a multidisciplinary audience of palliative care practitioners, including undergraduate and graduate students in sociology, psychology and theology, and healthcare professionals in oncology and gerontology.

About Author

Philip Larkin, Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Palliative Care, University College Dublin and Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Dublin Ireland


1. Compassion: a conceptual reading for palliative and end-of-life care ; 2. Healing connections ; 3. Understanding Pity ; 4. Service ; 5. Roots ; 6. Lessons learnt ; 7. Suffering ; 8. Courage ; 9. Seeds sown ; 10. Empathic Entree ; 11. The Golden Rule ; 12. The Truth of Time ; 13. Enlightened Resolve ; 14. Spirit ; 15. Vulnerability ; 16. Community ; 17. Interconnectedness ; 18. Compassionate Love ; 19. Compassionate organisations ; 20. The Light and the Shadow ; 21. Lessons from our teachers

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780198703310
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780198703310
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 0198703317

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