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This article presents an integrative model for understanding the range of individual differences arising from the bereavement process which occurs through the loss of a significant person, such as a spouse, parent or child. It is suggested that cognitive behavioral models are useful in...
Volunteers are vital to most UK hospices, performing wide-ranging duties. In our unit a carefully selected and trained group provides a professionally coordinated setting/companion-ship service for housebound patients. In this study we questioned their reasons for volunteering to “sit” and...
This article describes a systematic approach to understanding the needs of the terminally ill who are also subject to serious mental health problems. A compilation of potential issues that could arise is provided along with specific techniques that could be useful to staff and volunteers who...
Two case studies are used to demonstrate the continuing dilemma experienced by some doctors in the United Kingdom—whether or not to disclose to cancer patients their diagnosis. The two schools of thought concerning truth disclosure are discussed, together with the ethical implications and...
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