Palliative Care: A Practical Guide for the Health Professional, Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life and Death

Palliative Care: A Practical Guide for the Health Professional

Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life and Death

By Kathryn Boog, BScOT, SROT, SPDipA, Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist Palliative Care, St Columba's Hospice, Edinburgh, UK; and Claire Tester, DipCOT, SROT, PGDip, Lead Allied Health Professions Consultant Occupational Therapist in Cancer, Cancer Strategies Team, Health Department, Scottish Executive, Edinburgh, UK


Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction.

Section 1: Exploring the impact of death and dying.

Chapter 1 - Challenges in Palliative Care (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 2 - Impact (Claire Tester). Appendix 2.1 - Children's understanding of death and dying (Claire Tester).

Chapter 3 - Attachment and relationships (Claire Tester). Appendix 3.1 - Thinking about babies (Claire Tester).

Chapter 4 - Palliative rehabilitation (Claire Tester). Appendix 4.1 - Children and pain (Claire Tester). Appendix 4.2 - Children's care plans (Claire Tester). Appendix 4.3 - Home from home comfort map.

Chapter 5 - Spirituality (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 6 - Bereavement support for children (Claire Tester).

Section 2: Creative interventions.

Chapter 7 - Counselling skills - painting a clearer picture (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 8 - Creativity (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 9 - Play and Leisure (Claire Tester). Appendix 9.1 - Sensory assessment (Claire Tester).

Chapter 10 - Using guided imagery as a relaxation technique for self help (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 10.1 - Scripts for relaxation (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 10.2 - Leaflet for relaxation (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 11 - Telling tales - the importance of narrative in our lives (Kathryn Boog).

Chapter 12 - Communication - making connections (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 12.1 - Diary page (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 12.2 - Illustrated diary page (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 12.3 - Example of a communication chart (Kathryn Boog). Appendix 12.4 - Therapeutic communication with children (Claire Tester). Section 3: How to survive as staff.

Chapter 13 - Hearts and minds - how the unconscious affects us (Claire Tester).

Chapter 14 - Keeping going - as staff (Claire Tester). Appendix 14.1 - Strategies to keeping going (Claire Tester).

Chapter 15 - All that was left...hope (Kathryn Boog with Claire Tester).

Index.