March 18

3 well-reviewed books

Recent books on palliative care practice that were well reviewed and won’t break the bank.

Finding Dignity at the End of Life: A Spiritual Reflection on Palliative Care, by Kathleen D. Benton and Renzo Pegoraro.

“It is both interesting and thought-provoking. It covers a lot of ground, from the shortcomings of palliative care (with an emphasis on spirituality and dignity), to how we might make it applicable to more people and make it more widely available. I would recommend this book to anyone who works in palliative care.” —Reviewed in 2020 by Roger Woodruff.

Some Light at the End: Your Bedside Guide for Peaceful Palliative and Hospice Care. An End-of-Life Guidebook for Patients and Their Caregivers, 4th edition, by Beth Cavenaugh. 

“I thought the information and explanations she gave were just right, and it is the first such book that I have seen that I would be happy to recommend to an enquiring patient or caregiver.” —Reviewed by Roger Woodruff, 2021

Embracing Life and Gathering Wisdom: Theological, Pastoral & Clinical Insights into Human Flourishing at the End of Life. Edited by Stephen Smith, Edwina Blair, Catherine Kleemann. 

“If you work in palliative care, and particularly if you are interested in patients’ spirituality, this book will provide you with a lot to think about. It provides a Christian perspective of what we might do in palliative care to provide the best possible spiritual care. But as I read it, I realised that it was extraordinarily similar to what we should be doing for people of other faiths, and indeed for those who profess no religious belief.” —Reviewed by Roger Woodruff, 2021.


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