A Good Death: On the Value of Death and Dying (Paperback)Lars Sandman (author)
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*Should we be able to choose how we wish to die?
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The notion of a `good death' plays an important role in modern palliative care and remains a topic for lively debate. Using philosophical methods and theories, this book provides a critical analysis of Western notions surrounding the dying process in the palliative care context. Sandman highlights how our changing ideas about the value of life inevitably shape the concept of a good death. He explores the varying perspectives on the good death that come from friends, family, physicians, spiritual carers and others close to the dying person. Setting out a number of arguments for and against existing thinking about a good death, this book links to the practice of palliative care in several key areas including:
*An exploration of the universal features of dying
*The process of facing death
*Preparation for death
*The environment of dying and death
The author concludes that it is difficult to find convincing reasons for any one way to die a good death and argues for a pluralist approach.
A Good Death is essential reading for students and professionals with an interest in palliative care and end-of-life issues.
Publisher: Open University Press
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 1 g
Dimensions: 90 x 60 x 5 mm
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