Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One's Terminal Illness

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Published USA, 2012
With advances in modern medicine, the nature of death and dying has undergone a dramatic shift. A diagnosis of a life-threatening disease is not always an immediate death sentence and one can survive months or even years before succumbing to a terminal illness. It can give us the gift of more time with our loved ones but it can also complicate the grieving process, prolonging the emotional pain, bringing family issues to the forefront and creating new challenges for everyone involved. Published in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications, this book explores what it means for those who may be left living with death for an extended period of time. Guiding readers through this complex journey, the authors introduce and explore its five stages - crisis, unity, upheaval, resolution and renewal - and offer a roadmap that will help them navigate their way through the realities of death and dying.

Barbara Okun is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at Northeastern University, USA.
Paperback. 368 pages


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