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Throughout the course of our lives we will experience the deterioration of a loved one due to illness or aging This may cause us to make a choice of how and where we choose our loved one to die Authors Carolyn Jaffe and Carol H Ehrlich in their book All Kinds of Love illustrate how the relationships between doctors patients family friends hospice volunteers and hospice nurses all play an important role during he patients last days as they try to reach a good deathIn the books foreword Rabbi Earl A Grollman comments on Jaffes history of nursing experience and states Her stories bring alive the concerns the surprises the victories the disappointments the mistakes the uncertainties the joys and the pain that are part of ones dying 1 p v The preface focuses on the type of care Hospice provides for the patient and family while the section entitled Hospice is provides a detailed definition of hospiceChapter One demonstrates the sensitivity a hospice nurse must use when dealing with new patients and how the nurse must remain unbiased at all times Chapter Two reviews the family emotional strains and stresses which can be experienced when a loved one is dying within the home and how different people deal with the change In Chapter Three we can develop a deeper understanding of an individuals strength and acceptance through the story of Karen a seven year old who is dying from cancer The different coping mechanisms expressed by Karens parents are very contrast dramatically as the needs of survivors varyChapter Four highlights patients need for control and decision making over his or her own life In Chapter Five Henrietta the patient had very little control over her treatment and pain because her husband refused to accept her dying until Janice hospice nurse promised her dignity during death In Chapter Six William tries a new method of pain control and his spirits are lifted as he once
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