In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Grief, bereavement and spirituality

Grief, bereavement and spirituality
John Costello Andrew Bradley

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a clear understanding of grief and bereavement related to palliative care
  • Examine different understandings of spiritual care
  • Evaluate the use of a model to enable spiritual care to be provided to patients at the end of life
  • Consider the role of the practitioner in supporting patients and family members who are experiencing grief and conduct a bereavement risk assessment using a recognised tool

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the outcomes of palliative care at the end of life, the role of professionals in hospital and their role in helping patients and families manage grief and bereavement. Moreover, it looks at how practitioners can assess grief experiences and evaluate the risk ...

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