The D-Word: Talking about Dying A Guide for Relatives, Friends and Carers

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The D-Word offers practical guidance and support for anyone who feels awkward, embarrassed or afraid of talking about death and dying.

Author Biography

Sue Brayne originally trained as a nurse and has an MA in the Rhetoric and Rituals of Death. She is an Accredited Psychotherapist and provides D-Word workshops for relatives, friends and carers. The D-Word website, www.d-word.co.uk has been launched alongside this book, to provide support and help to those facing the death of a close relative or friend.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Talking about the D-Wordp. ix
Welcome to the D-Wordp. xi
Personal storiesp. xii
Structurep. xiii
A Personal Notep. xv
Denial of the D-Wordp. 1
Spiritual valuesp. 2
An entitlement to lifep. 3
The effect on the natural worldp. 3
Days Gone Byp. 7
The medieval Ars Moriendip. 10
From home to hospitalp. 11
The mediap. 15
Dying from a Medical Perspectivep. 19
The GP: the first port of callp. 23
The intensive care anaesthetist: difficult end-of-life decisionsp. 26
The palliative medicine consultant: clear communicationp. 31
The palliative care clinical nurse specialist: planning the best place in which to diep. 34
The hospice nurse: the importance of listeningp. 38
The care-home carer: importance of acting normallyp. 42
Faith May Helpp. 49
The Bishop: the Easter storyp. 53
The Muslim chaplain: testament of faithp. 56
The Rabbi: a ritual pathp. 59
The Buddhist: the importance of communityp. 61
The Hindu: karma and reincarnationp. 63
Having the Conversationp. 67
Broaching the D-Wordp. 68
When relatives are in denialp. 68
When the dying person doesn't want to knowp. 73
When there's no resolutionp. 79
When children are not allowed to talkp. 82
Sudden or Violent Deathp. 87
A brother's murderp. 88
A car crashp. 89
A sudden heart attackp. 92
A miscarriagep. 94
Providing appropriate supportp. 97
Coping with suicidep. 98
Help and supprtp. 100
Finding Supportp. 101
Speaking euphemistically…p. 107
Not everyone experiences griefp. 109
Breaking bad newsp. 111
Breaking bad news guidelinesp. 113
A Practical Guide to Support the Dyingp. 115
Saying goodbyep. 118
How to listen wellp. 120
Life reviewsp. 122
The dying processp. 123
End-of-life experiencesp. 125
Being there at the endp. 134
What happens physically when someone dies?p. 138
When death happensp. 140
What you can expert to feel immediately afterp. 142
Things relatives might need to think about…p. 143
Practicalities to considerp. 146
Suggestions for friendsp. 149
Looking backp. 151
Summaryp. 159
A Final Few Words…p. 161
Appendix: What Can Be Done to Tackle the D-Word?p. 163
Recommended Readingp. 166
Some Helpful Contactsp. 168
Indexp. 171
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