Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying and Bereavement

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Irene Renzenbrink
OUP Oxford, Mar 24, 2011 - Medical - 203 pages
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The need for renewal and support for those who care for seriously ill, dying, and bereaved people has been acknowledged from the very beginning of the hospice and palliative care movement. While often referring to the rewards and satisfactions of the work, Dame Cicely Saunders was the -first to acknowledge that helping encounters with dying patients and distressed relatives could be a source of anguish and grief for dedicated and compassionate carers. Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying, and Bereavement discusses the challenge of finding a balance between the support needs of patients, families, and staff and the resources available. With contributions from practitioners and researchers from around the world, this book recognizes that palliative care today is being provided in many different settings and that there may be wide variations in the way individuals and organizations identify and manage the stressors that arise through the work. This unique collection of international perspectives on the complexities and management of caregiver stress and staff support builds on the firm foundation Mary Vachon built over thirty years ago in her studies, yet broadens the scope to include significant social, political, and cultural variations on the theme.
 

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Contents

have the stressors changed?
1
a psychosocial perspective
25
3 Compassion in healthcarethe missing dimension of healthcare reform?
37
countering compassion fatigue with Exquisite Empathy
49
a personal reflection
62
the impact of a lifethreatening illness in the workplace
73
7 The challenge of staff support in hospice care in Zimbabwe
82
the project ENABLE
98
reflections from St Christophers Hospice London
127
hope resilience and sustainable practice in childhood bereavement
138
the essence of endoflife care
154
luxury or necessity?
170
spiritual care as a tool for healing
178
a brief essay on presence
189
Afterword
197
Index
201

a shared responsibility at Victoria Hospice Society British Columbia Canada
111

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Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker and pioneer in the field of death, dying and bereavement. Having worked in hospitals and hospice/palliative care services as well as the funeral industry she has acquired a depth of practice wisdom and knowledge about all aspects of occupational stress for helping professionals.

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