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Attending to the Fact - Staying with Dying - Hilary Elfick

Attending to the Fact - Staying with Dying

By: Hilary Elfick, David Head, Cynthia Fuller (Editor), Andrew Hoy (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 15th March 2004
ISBN: 9781843102472
Number Of Pages: 128

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This inspirational collection of poetry explores one of the most difficult and painful subjects to make sense of in writing - what it is like to care for the dying and the dead. Drawing on the authors' own work in hospices, these poems take the reader on a journey that explores the experience of either supporting, or being, someone going through the physical changes and complex emotions that accompany ill-health and death. The poems themselves range from the savage to the sad to the sublime, encompassing a wide range of perspectives on illness, care, loss, grieving and comfort. They highlight the centrality of the human spirit. Attending to the Fact is an unusual source of experience, insight and self-recognition, both for professionals working with the seriously ill and dying, and also for patients and their families and all who have been touched by grief.

Industry Reviews

'Unflinchingly honest and intimate, Elfick and Head find the words to express the inexpressible: not only the humiliating indignities that accompany human decline and death and the ambivalent feelings evoked by intimacy, but the experience of caring for, parting from, and staying with the dying.' - Sandra Bertman, Research Professor of Palliative Care, Boston University 'These poems show the reader the human side of care... They must be essential reading for professional carers as well as for patients and families.' - Andrew Hoy, Chairman of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland

Foreword, Dr Andrew Hoy, Chairman of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. Introduction, Cynthia Fuller, University of Newcastle. The Poems. List of previously published poems.

ISBN: 9781843102472
ISBN-10: 1843102471
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 15th March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1