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IAHPC's Book of the Month, November 2014
Life to be lived
Challenges and choices for patients and carers in life-threatening illnesses
Catherine Proot and Michael Yorke
Oxford University Press, 2014. 160 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-968501-1
An accessible and candid study of human experience in major illnesses and end-of-life care, evidenced and illustrated by real life case stories
Provides a clear description of the reality of illness and caring, highlights the challenges and choices involved, and encourages therapeutic practice
Written by specialists who work in palliative care settings and bereavement counselling, it is a masterful integration of the psychological, social, and spiritual, offering an understanding of these crucial facets of the holistic approach to working with people in end of life care
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, the book reviews a range of responses to the challenges to patients and carers and the support available, both personal and organisational.
Life to be Lived is essential reading for professionals and trained volunteers who work as 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 it as they try to come to terms with their own situations and how they can cope better with them.