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Living With Life-Threatening Illness

A Guide for Patients, Their Families, and Caregivers

By Kenneth J. Doka

Hardcover, 294 pages
Reprint Edition
Published by Jossey-Bass
Publication date: January 1998
ISBN: 0787940488


A valuable resource for families faced with severe illness, either their own or that of a loved one. Emphasizing the experience of living with illness, rather than simply focusing on its terminal phase, this guide outlines the tasks and issues that must be faced at each phase of illness, and offers workable suggestions for effective coping.

Table of Contents

1. Responses to Life-Threatening Illness
2. Understanding the Illness Experience
3. Understanding the Road Before
4. The Crisis of Diagnosis
5. Living with Disease
6. Coping with Recovery
7. Facing the Crisis of Death
8. Facing Illness as a Family
9. Coping with Loss
10. The Sensitive Caregiver
Appendix 1: Resources
Appendix 2: Examples of Health Care Proxies and Living Wills

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