In the Face of Death. Professionals Who Care for the Dying and the Bereaved

Springer Publishing Company is pleased to announce the April publication of:

In the Face of Death
Professionals Who Care for the Dying and the Bereaved
Danai Papadatou, PhD

"Danai Papadatou…[presents] an approach of Relational Care, care based on an understanding of relationships, that should be essential reading….[S]he writes in an engaging and non-technical language, and manages to convey complex ideas in a manner that is accessible to all."

Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych
President, Cruse: Bereavement Care
(From the Foreword)

In the Face of Death explores the experiences of health care professionals who care for the seriously ill, dying, and bereaved.  In this book, Danai Papadatou offers a practical approach to caregiving, as well as a breadth and depth of insight into both the patient's and the caregiver's responses to death.
The author discusses the issues and challenges health care professionals face when treating dying and bereaved patients. Topics include: compassion fatigue, the inevitability of suffering and the potential for growth, suffering in the workplace, team functioning in death situations, and team resilience.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • The Caring Relationship focuses on the relationship between the care provider and the person who is dying or grieving and proposes a new relationship-based model of care
  • The Care Provider in Death Situations addresses the health professional's personal responses to death, using a model illustrating the grieving process of the health professional
  • The Team in the Face of Death provides recommendations for effective, interdisciplinary care services that support dying or bereaved patients as well as the health care provider

Table of Contents

Section 1: On Being Vulnerable: The Challenge of Caring Relationships in the Face of Death
Section 2: The Suffering of Care Providers in Dying and Death Encounters
Section 3: Institutions and Teams in the Face of Loss and Death

About the Author

Danai Papadatou, PhD, received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in Counseling Psychology. She was the recipient of the Journal of Cancer Nursing (2002) Best Original Research of the Year award, the Death Education Award from ADEC in 2001, and a Fulbright Senior Research Award in 1996.

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