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End-of-Life Issues, Grief, and Bereavement: What Clinicians Need to Know



End-of-Life Issues, Grief, and Bereavement: What Clinicians Need to Know

Sara Honn Qualls, Julia E. Kasl-Godley

ISBN: 978-0-470-40693-9 November 2010 352 Pages


A practical overview of clinical issues related to end-of-life care, including grief and bereavement

The needs of individuals with life-limiting or terminal illness and those caring for them are well documented. However, meeting these needs can be challenging, particularly in the absence of a well-established evidence base about how best to help. In this informative guide, editors Sara Qualls and Julia Kasl-Godley have brought together a notable team of international contributors to produce a clear structure offering mental health professionals a framework for developing the competencies needed to work with end-of-life care issues, challenges, concerns, and opportunities.

Part of the Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology, this thorough and up-to-date guide answers complex questions often asked by patients, their families and caregivers, and helping professionals as well, including:

  • How does dying occur, and how does it vary across illnesses?

  • What are the spiritual issues that are visible in end-of-life care?

  • How are families engaged in end-of-life care, and what services and support can mental health clinicians provide them?

  • How should providers address mental disorders that appear at the end of life?

  • What are the tools and strategies involved in advanced care planning, and how do they play out during end-of-life care?

Sensitively addressing the issues that arise in the clinical care of the actively dying, this timely book is filled with clinical illustrations, guidance, tips for practice, and encouragement. Written to equip mental health professionals with the information they need to guide families and others caring for the needs of individuals with life-threatening and terminal illnesses, End-of-Life Issues, Grief, and Bereavement presents a rich resource for caregivers for the psychological, sociocultural, interpersonal, and spiritual aspects of care at the end of life.

Also in the Wiley Series in Clinical Geropsychology

  • Psychotherapy for Depression in Older Adults
  • Changes in Decision-Making Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention
  • Aging Families and Caregiving


1 Introduction to End-of-Life Care for Mental Health Professionals (Julia E. Kasl-Godley).

2 Trajectories of Chronic Illnesses (Michelle S. Gabriel).

3 The Cultural Context of Spirituality and Meaning (E. Alessandra Strada).

4 Working With Family Caregivers of Persons With Terminal Illness (David B. Feldman and Jasmin Llamas).

5 Serious Mental Illness (Julia E. Kasl-Godley).

6 Advance Care Planning (Michelle S. Gabriel and Sheila Kennedy).

7 Pharmacologic Management of Pain (W. Nat Timmins).

8 Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain and Symptom Management (Stephanie C. Wallio and Robert K. Twillman).

9 Grief and Bereavement Care (Shirley Otis-Green).

10 Complicated Grief (E. Alessandra Strada).

11 Health-Care Teams (Julia E. Kasl-Godley and Donna Kwilosz).

12 End-of-Life Care in Long-Term Care Settings (Mary M. Lewis).

13 Advocating for Policy Change: The Role of Mental Health Providers (Robert K. Twillman and Mary M. Lewis).

14 Physician-Assisted Suicide in the United States: Issues, Challenges, Roles, and Implications for Clinicians (Silvia Sara Canetto).

15 Creating Ethics Conversations in Community (Malham M. Wakin).

16 Professional Self-Care (E. Alessandra Strada).

17 Embracing the Existential Invitation to Examine Care at the End of Life (Shirley Otis-Green).

Author Index.

Subject Index.