Speaking of Dying: A Practical Guide to Using Counselling Skills in Palliative Care

Speaking of Dying: A Practical Guide to Using Counselling Skills in Palliative Care


By (author) Louis Heyse-Moore, Foreword by Colin Murray Parkes

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  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 15mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843106787
  • ISBN 13: 9781843106784
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 281,356

Product description

Good counselling skills are often not taught to the professionals who need them most. Compassionate and tactful communication skills can make the difference between an awkward encounter with a dying patient, and an engaging, empathic bond between two people.Louis Heyse-Moore draws on his wealth of experience as a trained counsellor and palliative medicine specialist. Covering difficult subjects such as breaking the news of terminal illness to a patient, euthanasia and the effect of working with patients on carers, "Speaking of Dying" is a practical guide to using counselling skills for all clinical disciplines working in palliative care, whether in a hospice, hospital or at home. Complete with a clear explanation of both counselling and medical terminology, this hands-on guide will be an invaluable companion to anyone working in palliative care.

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Author information

Louis Heyse-Moore has worked in palliative medicine for 24 years. He has worked as a palliative medicine consultant at Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City, after serving as the medical director at St Joseph's Hospice in East London. Louis has published articles for many leading journals in the field and has lectured internationally and given workshops on the use of counselling skills within palliative medicine.

Review quote

' A...members of the caring professions need all the counselling skills that we can muster. Readers of this book will end up feeling less helpless in the face of death but we should not expect to find communication easy. A"What can we say?A", once we think we know what to say we are wrong. Rather this book will help us to learn when to speak of dying and when not to, what not to say and when to keep silent and wait patiently for what gliding instructors call an 'up-draught'. We must start from wherever the other person may be and we must take the time and trouble to discover the language with which this person speaks about death and dying, the assumptions they make and their needs and wishes to speak or not to speak.- From the Foreword by Colin Murray Parkes

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Foreword by Dr Colin Murray Parkes. Introduction. PART 1: Fundamentals of Counselling Skills 1. Terminology. 2. Meeting. 3. Attending Skills. 4. Core Counselling Skills. 5. Psychological Approaches. PART 2: Palliative Care Issues 6. Breaking Bad News. 7. Working with Emotions. 8. Euthanasia. 9. Family Matters. 10. Spiritual Distress. 11. The Sick Psyche. 12. Staff Support. Conclusion. References. Recommended Reading List. Resources. Subject Index. Author Index.