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Book review: Spirituality and Coping with Loss: End of Life Healthcare Practice

Honorary principal lecturer in nursing Christine Eberhardie reviews Spirituality and Coping with Loss: End of Life Healthcare Practice

Spirituality and Coping with Loss: End of Life Healthcare Practice

Wendy Greenstreet

CRC Press

£25.99 | 160pp

ISBN: 9781785231483

Sometimes a book that seems rather dense, and more academic than practical, develops into a fascinating and valuable text for the academic and the practising nurse. This is such a book.

Part one provides the rationale, literature review and methodology for the author's research. Future postgraduate students researching this topic will find this part particularly valuable.

Parts two and three bring into sharp focus the effect of end of life care on patients, families and nurses. The subject is discussed using the interview transcripts, so that the reader is faced with the actual views of nurses who have been working in hospices, community or residential care homes.

These two parts should be read by every nurse, manager and educator to gain a deeper understanding of the most profound of nursing experiences.

It should also be compulsory reading for those politicians and general managers who fail to appreciate that time to listen is care as much as carrying out tasks.


Reviewed by Christine Eberhardie, honorary principal lecturer in nursing at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London

 

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