Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness Lessons for Caregivers

ISBN-10: 0195389220

ISBN-13: 9780195389227

Edition: 2010

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.00" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Richard P. McQuellon , Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D. is Assistant to the President, Loyola University New Orleans, and Executive Director of Common Good, a network of civic organizations working to rebuild and transform post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction
The Birth of Possibility
Living with Mortality
Guidance for Caregivers in Mortal Time
The Many Meanings of Mortal Time
Mortal Time: How Long Does It Last?
The Multiple Meanings of Mortal Time
Shattered Assumptions
Creating Meaning
Coping Style
What to Expect in Mortal Time
The Challenge and the Invitation of Mortal Time
A Question of Balance
The Prospect of Despair
Finding Meaning
Living in Mortal Time
Sources of Hope
Nevertheless, There Is Meaning
Hope from Conversation
Hope for the Day
Avoiding Gloom
False Hope
Conversation
Healing Conversation: Basic Elements
Talking In and About Mortal Time
Conversation Partners
Empathy
Becoming Properly Empathetic
Receiving Empathy
Honesty: What Can I Say?
The Right Words
Acknowledging Fear
Everyday Conversation with Friends
Platitudes: Let's Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst
You First!
The Humane Use of Words: Effective Phrases in Mortal Time
Consideration and Disciplined Spontaneity
Censored Conversation vs. Active Listening
How Much Time Do I Have?
Appreciating Everyday Chatter
Denial?
Healthy Conversation About Dying
Practical Conversation
Guidance for Caregivers
Being a Companion in Mortal Time
Kind Companions
The Costs and Risks of Companionship
The Nine Personal Virtues Most Needed in Mortal Time
A Word to Caregivers
Resilience and Absorbing Suffering
Empathy Shift
Sharing the Darkness
Mending
The Art of Conversation Through Serious Illness
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Author Contact Information
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