New PDF release: End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries

By Donald E. Gelfand PhD, Richard Raspa PhD, Sherylyn H. Briller PhD, Stephanie Myers Schim PhD RN APRN

End-of-life reports are usually considered by way of just one point of view corresponding to drugs. during this quantity, numerous end-of existence reports are awarded and every case is analyzed from numerous disciplinary views. those variety throughout a huge array of the aiding professions, and disciplines comparable to details, legislation and the social sciences. The ebook offers numerous narratives approximately end-of-life stories contributed by means of contributors of the Wayne nation collage End-of-Life Interdisciplinary undertaking. all the narratives is then analyzed from a number of various disciplinary views. those analyzes illustrate how particular end-of-life narratives should be considered from assorted dimensions and is helping scholars, researchers and practitioners see the $64000 and sundry meanings that end-of-life studies have on the point of the person, the kinfolk, and the group. The narratives contain end-of-life stories of people from a few assorted backgrounds.

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Better understanding of the cultural and organizational issues that arise from this disjuncture is critical. 14 End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries In summary, culture plays a central role in the dying process. Cultural categories regarding health and illness, functional capacity, the definition and meaning of death, and what constitutes a good death may vary tremendously between and within cultures. Only upon recognizing these fundamental concepts can one begin to consider the heterogeneity in dying experiences in the United States, such as those reflected by the stories in this book.

Narration, however, is more than storytelling. It implies the desire to know and to fix a meaning to experience. Even the root of the word narrative, from the Latin noscere (meaning to know) links cognition and language to this story-making impulse in people. The recitation of a sequence of experiences, real or imagined, is a way to understand and, therefore, organize life’s experiences. We choose certain events and exclude others as we build our account. Our motives are complex. Had we chosen other events, we would have constructed a different story.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Clinical Nurse Specialist had made the referral for Music Therapy services to assist in the terminal wean process and to provide comfort to the dying patient as the respirator was removed. As it turned out, the work that I provided was much more a family process than an exclusive intervention for the benefit of the patient. When I received the notification about this referral, I felt anxiety surrounding the unknowns. To prepare for the session, I spent a few minutes in the small hospital prayer chapel centering myself and opening 26 Stories of Ron: Music to His Ears 27 to trust the process.

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