Death, Dying and Bereavement: Issues for Practice

Watts, Jacqueline H. (2010). Death, Dying and Bereavement: Issues for Practice. Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.



This book considers the social context of death and dying in Britain today and the ways in which this influences service delivery. Increasingly care of the dying has become professionalised and medicalised, with hospital, nursing home or hospice now the setting for most deaths. The support of bereaved people has also come under the professional gaze so that in recent years there has been a large increase in the number of trained bereavement counsellors working in both charity and clinical settings. This volume discusses the theory and practice of palliative care, hospice development and a range of grief models that can inform bereavement care, drawing out some of the challenges for care practitioners. The underpinning themes of the discussion are:

· diversity
· communication
· palliative care
· meanings of spirituality
· supporting bereaved people

These themes and issues are discussed against the background of health and social care policy in Scotland with a particular focus on the review of Scottish palliative care services published in 2008 for the Auditor General of Scotland.

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