Whether you are a healthcare professional who cares for dying patients or a family member caring for a loved one who is approaching death, you will appreciate the information in the second edition of Healing the Dying. This practical, yet compassionate, guide explores ways caretakers can assist the dying person reach a sense of integration of self and life, claim his life as his own, and feel his death matters to someone. The author thoroughly discusses the needs of caretakers who are caring for the terminally ill and explores the relationship between death and society throughout history, how to comfort the dying individual and how to help families deal with the loss of a loved one. The book also includes goals for comfort in dying, pain management, spirituality, and care of the caregiver. Comprehensive in its scope, this book is a thoughtful look at what to heal the dying really means. (Key Words: dying, healing, hospice, hospice care, grief counseling, bereavement, spirituality)
Melody Olson, RN, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has led a number of research efforts on near-death-experiences and therapeutic touch, and has led a number of seminars on both topics. She is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Holistic Nursing. She has published widely in both nursing and mutlidisciplinary journals. She is currently active in parish nurse education.