Monday, February 11, 2008

The End-of-life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting With and Caring for a Dying Loved One

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-- 'Longevity Science' blog
-- 'Health Studies' blog


Here is a new book for discussion here:

The End-of-life Handbook:
A Compassionate Guide to Connecting With and Caring for a Dying Loved One

by David B. Feldman, Stephen Andrew Lasher Jr., and Ira Byock
(Paperback - Jan 3, 2008)

Book Description provided by the Publisher (New Harbinger Publications):

This book addresses both the emotional and psychological issues associated with death and dying and the practical and medical realities typically dealt with at this time--unusual among titles in this subject area.

The authors, a psychologist and medical doctor, are passionate advocates for quality end-of-life care. Author Feldman's background in positive psychology brings an emphasis on hope, inspiration, meaning, and human connection at the end of life to the book.

As medical technology progresses and life expectancies edge upward, families are being faced with ever-more-complicated choices as loved ones approach their final hours. This book offers readers much-needed guidance and support for making these often difficult decisions.

About the Authors:

David B. Feldman, Ph.D, is assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship in palliative care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he worked with countless patients and families confronting serious medical illness. His research and writings have addressed such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of life's difficult circumstances.

Steven Andrew Lasher, Jr., MD, is currently director of Palliative Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. He also serves as the San Francisco medical director of Sutter Visiting Nurses Association Hospice and Home Care as well as the Medical Director of Coming Home Hospice. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, CA, as well as fellowship training in Palliative Medicine at Stanford/Palo Alto Veteran's Hospital.

Key words:
New books, End-of-life Handbook, Dying, David Feldman, Stephen Andrew Lasher, Ira Byock, New Harbinger Publications, death, end-of-life care, palliative care, Palliative Medicine, Nurses, Hospice, emotional issues, psychological issues

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