Death, Dying and Bereavement

Issues for Practice (Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care No. 11)

By Jacqueline H Watts

In this book, Dr. Jacqueline Watts considers the social context of death and dying in the UK today, and the ways in which this influences service delivery. Care for the dying has become increasingly professionalized, with hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices now being the setting for most deaths. The provision of support for bereaved people has attracted greater attention, with a large increase in the number of trained bereavement counselors working in both charity and clinical settings. The theory and practice of palliative care, hospice development, and a range of grief models that assist in bereavement care, along with the challenges for care practitioners, form the core of the book. Its underpinning themes include diversity, communication, palliative care, meanings of spirituality, and support for bereaved people. These issues are discussed against the general background of health and social care policy, with a particular focus on the review of Scottish palliative care services published in 2008 for the Auditor General of Scotland. Death, Dying and Bereavement provides an excellent overview of palliative care provision and the issues involved for students, health care workers, social workers, managers, policy makers, and other practitioners who come into contact with death and dying in their practice.


112 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781906716080