How do people face life-limiting illness and death? This challenging question is discussed in-depth in Life to be Lived by looking at the feelings, hopes, fears and stresses associated with life-threatening illnesses, often experienced by patients and their carers. Drawn from research, clinical, and pastoral experiences, the authors examine the process of adjustment that patients and their families go through in major illnesses and when approaching the end of life. Life to be Lived is written in an accessible style using many stories shared by counsellors, chaplains, patients and relatives. Describing the messiness, uncertainties, and paradoxes that are part and parcel of living through an advanced illness, dying, and bereavement, but also what helps and heals, it reviews a range of responses to the challenges to patients and carers and the support, both personal and organisational. Life to be Lived is essential reading for professionals and trained volunteers who work as a part of multidisciplinary teams in palliative and end-of-life care to improve their understanding of the attitudes and behaviour of patients and carers.
Families and friends will also benefit from this book as they try to come to terms with their own situations and how they can cope better with them.
Dr Catherine Proot is a psychology graduate of Ghent University Belgium and holds a counselling diploma and a PhD from the UEA in Norwich. Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor she has specialised in palliative and bereavement care since 2005. She currently works as Psychological Specialist in Palliative Care and Bereavement Coordinator in St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, UK. The Very Revd Michael Yorke is a Cambridge graduate in Law and Theology. He also studied at The Tavistock Institute in London and the UEA in Norwich. He is a retired Anglican Priest who worked principally in and through four Cathedrals. He has 45 years of experience as a counsellor and was for 18 years a Samaritan three of which as National Chairman. He is currently Vice Chairman to the Norfolk Hospice near Kings Lynn, UK.
PART 1: THE PATIENT EXPERIENCE ; PART 2 : THE IMPACT ON FAMILY CARERS ; PART 3: THE PROFESSIONAL CARERS AND THEIR ROLES ; PART 4: BOUNDARIES AND RESOURCES ; PART 5: THE NEXT STEP