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Dancing with Broken Bones: Portraits of Death and Dying by David Wendell Moller

By David Wendell Moller

This booklet tells the tales of sufferers whose tales are usually now not instructed: the city death negative. by way of illustrating how the problems and desires of this in particular weak staff are formed through the event of dwelling in poverty, this paintings offers a massive contribution to the becoming literature on palliative deal with precise populations.

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Angel, for example, emphasized how important family connections are and how they are made more urgent by the approach of death. Her description of the final Christmas with her dying husband, a Christmas made all the more special because it would be their last together, reveals a spirit and inner strength: I love Christmas. . I put up a tree the year my husband died in April. He was able to help me decorate it. He always did the lights around the house and windows, decorate the tree and everything.

X-rays, clinic visits, and pharmacy needs. Jodi, the palliative care nurse at County, described one of her patients who parked in the parking garage and then walked a great distance to the pain clinic on the far side of the hospital. The woman knew she was dying and wanted no extraordinary measures taken to save her life. As she walked to her clinic, she got very tired and short of breath. Her greatest fear was that she would collapse in the hospital and that medical personnel would resuscitate her, so she clutched her advance directive in her hand as she walked.

Then, the first time you get sick and are told you have cancer—I was devastated. I was sick and stressed out. I had a breakdown. It's hard. Hard. I just don't talk much about it at all, that makes it better. I'm not going to talk to you about my cancer, honey. Well, I think I went into a bit of depression because I started feeling sorry for myself. I just don't think about it. These sentiments of loss and emotional devastation are normal in most dying persons, regardless of income or social status.

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