Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts (Google eBook)

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Gillie Bolton
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Oct 15, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 216 pages
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Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts describes a range of successful programmes pioneered by artists, writers, nurses, musicians, therapists, social workers, and chaplains in palliative care settings. These range from simple painting and writing activities to organized communal activities like writing and performing a play. The arts are shown to offer a means to reflect on memories, hopes, fears and anxieties, and gently explore the emotional, spiritual, and psychological issues which can aid a fuller understanding of oneself and one's condition. The arts also serve as a way to communicate difficult and complex feelings to professionals or family members not possible in everyday conversation. Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts offers valuable insights and inspiration for any practitioner working in a palliative care setting.
  

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Contents

Dying Bereavement and the Healing Arts
13
Michael Willsons Story
22
Rosetta Life
28
4 Theatre for Professional Development
39
5 Visual Art for Professional Development
51
6 Healing Arts in Palliative Care
57
7 Imagination and Health in Cancer Care and Palliative Care
67
8 Visual Art in Cancer Care and Palliative Care
72
14 A Legacy of Understanding
139
15 Reading to Help Practitioners and Patients
148
Survivors
156
Artists
164
Memorial Services
176
19 The Art of Care
186
20 Reflections Towards the Future
200
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
204

9 Making Music in Childrens Hospices
88
10 Healing Writing in Palliative Care
98
A Palliative Care Play
113
12 The Power of Music
120
13 Writing through Bereavement
126

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About the author (2007)

Gillie Bolton, a freelance consultant in therapeutic writing and reflective practice writing, lives in central London. She is Literature and Medicine Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics: Humanities (BMJ), Arts and Health Editor to Progress in Palliative Care, Associate Editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy and author of the key creative writing therapy texts, Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities and The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing: Writing Myself, both published by Jessica Kingsley publishers.

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