In the Face of Death

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In the Face of Death

SKU# 9780826102560

Professionals Who Care for the Dying and the Bereaved

Author: Danai Papadatou


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Occasionally I read a book and say to myself that this is a book that I wished I had written. This is such a book! It is a delightful, practical, interesting, and inspiring book! Danai has written a soon-to-be classic in the field! Her writing is excellent! Her use of theories, concepts, history, and models are wonderful!"--Illness, Crisis and Loss

Danai PapadatouÖ[presents] an approach of Relational Care, care based on an understanding of relationships, that should be essential readingÖ.[S]he writes in an engaging and non-technical language, and manages to convey complex ideas in a manner that is accessible to all.

--Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych
President, Cruse: Bereavement Care
(From the Foreword)

"[A] wonderful contribution to the literature on caregiving and her well thought out ideas about relational caregiving are on the cutting edge. Congratulations."

-- Lynne Ann DeSpelder
CoAuthor, The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying, 8th edition

This is no ordinary academic textbook. It is nothing short of a masterpiece in which Papadatou provides the field of death, dying and bereavement with invaluable and constructive insights into the world of caring for the dying and bereaved."--Grief Matters

This is a fascinating book, applying important theoretical modelsÖin order to describe and speculate about how professionals manage to work in an environment where suffering and grief are constantly present. This is an important and substantial addition to the mostly self-help literature about self-care for caregivers."--Doody's Medical Reviews

In the Face of Death explores the experiences of health care professionals who care for the seriously ill, the dying, and the bereaved. In this book, Danai Papadatou offers a practical approach to caregiving, as well as a breadth and depth of insight into both the patient's and the caregiver's responses to death.

The author discusses the issues and challenges health care professionals face when treating dying and bereaved patients. Topics include: compassion fatigue, the inevitability of suffering and the potential for growth, suffering in the workplace, team functioning in death situations, and team resilience.

The main themes are:

  • The Caring Relationship focuses on the relationship between the care provider and the person who is dying or grieving, and proposes a new, relationship-based model of care
  • The Care Provider in Death Situations addresses the health professional's personal responses to death, using a model that illustrates the grieving process of the health professional
  • The Team in the Face of Death provides recommendations for effective, interdisciplinary care services that support dying or bereaved patients as well as the health care provider

Product Details 

  • Publication Date April 06, 2009
  • Page Count 360
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102560
  • EISBN 9780826103406

Table of Contents 


1. Society, Science and Death
2. A Relationship of Care
3. Distinct Features of the Helping Relationship
4. The Accompanying Process

5. The Wounded Healer
6. A Model on Professionals' Grieving Process
7. The Rewards of Caregiving

8. Caregiving Organizations and Death
9. Team Functioning in Death Situations
10. The 'Good Enough' Team
SECTION 4: EDUCATION AND TRAININGv 11. The Challenges of Educating Health Care Professionals
Epilogue Appendix A: Brief Description of Bowlby's Theory on Attachment