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Attending to the Fact
Author: Hilary Elfick

ISBN: 9781843102472
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 29 February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 22.23
'Macmillan Nurses and church bereavement visitors, some hospice trained, will use this book: so, too, will "dippers in" and purchasers of bedside books, both before and after bereavement.' -Plus - Christian Council on Ageing 'I would recommend this book to professionals and non-professionals alike. It is thought provoking and insightful, yet because of the topics explored, tragic in places. It is a gentle reminder of the humanitarian aspects of caring for, and staying with, the dying in this increasingly medicalized world'. - Palliative Medicine 'The poets, Hilary Elfick and David Head, both have connections with the hospice movement, and their poems tell us much about hospice philosophy and practice in care for the dying. I found the poems in which the dying speak for themselves the most moving: "I want a stay of execution The longer the better. I can wait. Let the guilty die. Not me. Not who I am." Poems about individual patients are interspersed with poems exploring connecting themes in the poets' lives. Patients, families and carers are all represented. This inclusiveness gives the book real power. Cythia Fuller's careful arrangement and sel...

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