Wrapped in Mourning: The Gift of Life and Organ Donor Family Trauma

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 218 pages
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Based on 15 years of experience working with organ procurement organizations and donor families, Wrapped in Mourning addresses the heretofore unexplored subject of organ donor family trauma. This book covers the issues surrounding organ donation, including the history of organ transplantation, how organs are procured for transplantation, as well as the medical procedure itself. Each issue is explored with regards to its impact upon donor families. Ways to reduce grief, prevent problems, and increase the benefits of donating organs for the donating family are also discussed.
 

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Contents

Organ Donation and the Donor Family
1
Ethical Dilemmas and Slippery Slopes
17
Organ Donation Grief and the Donors Family
32
1mplications for the Procurement Coordinator
48
Dimensions of Compassion and Kindness
69
TraumaDriven Grief and the Organ Donor Family
75
Preventability or Randomness
90
Closing Thoughts
99
Mystical Ideations and the Donor Family
121
The Drive for Meaning
129
Specific Concerns Related to the Donor Family Experience
135
Closing Thoughts
149
Interventions on Behalf of the Organ Donor Family
159
Organ Donor Procurement Organizations as
170
Closing Thoughts
180
Closing Thoughts
195

The Theory of Linking Objects
105
Risk Factors Related to Lack of Communication
111

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