Dying Well: a Guide to Enabling a Good Death by Rabbi Julia Neuberger

By Rabbi Julia Neuberger

This booklet explores the Care belief proposal promoted by means of significant govt for bettering partnership operating among healthiness and social care. utilizing case stories and examples to elevate present matters relating to partnership operating it explains how Care Trusts are bridging the space among well-being and social care and considers how they're offering extra co-ordinated prone and more suitable results. All healthcare and social care pros with accountability for taken with or plagued by the hot partnership operating preparations will locate this booklet worthy examining.

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The list goes on and on. But what is significant is the fact that these ‘out of the correct order’ deaths have a powerful effect on the family. Most of us can accept, albeit unwillingly, that, as we get older, a spouse will die. As middle-aged children, we know we will lose elderly parents. That is the way of the world. But the death of a child out of order, the death of a sibling out of order, the death of a friend at a young age – somehow that is less acceptable, therefore less absorbable, therefore less tolerable.

28 Dying well: a guide to enabling a good death Dying out of turn – child before parent But there are other emotions we find around the bedside of a dying person. If the person concerned is younger, is dying ‘out of turn’, as it were, that brings its own terrible emotions with it. Elderly parents sitting round the deathbed of a terminally ill only daughter, for instance, leaving motherless children and a husband with whom the parents do not get on too well, is one classic case. So is the case of elderly parents sitting by the bed of a much loved son who is also leaving a wife and children, and too little financial provision for them.

But the fact something is common does not make it less sad. The loss is the same whether it has happened before or not, until we become so numb from repeated pain we can grieve no longer. Most of us will never be in that position, and therefore grieving for a tiny baby or still-born child is important to us, and to the other children in the family. They need to know what has happened. Ideally, they should see the child, and touch it, so that its death holds no terrors for them. Certainly, some form of ritual should be held for a small baby as well, and other children included in it, so that they will understand, and experience death as desperately sad, but not necessarily frightening.

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