Storytelling - the past and the present

Sue Walton
2010 Sites a journal of social anthropology and cultural studies  
The care people receive when their illness moves along the continuum from curable to one when death is imminent needs to be personalised and holistic. Palliative care requires health professionals who have a person-centered approach, and a willingness to listen and get alongside people during vulnerable times. As a registered nurse, working in an inpatient unit of a hospice, I explore here a palliative care critical incident that incorporates the story of a memorable patient, 'Bob'. Stroebe and
more » ... 'Bob'. Stroebe and Schut's (1999) dual process model of coping with bereavement provides a psychological interpretation of grief, oscillating between feeling the pain and getting on with life. Rather than linear, progressional stages or phases of grief the dual process model incorporates loss and restoration orientations. The bereaved person moves back and forth between emotion-focused grief work and task-focused learning of new roles and skills. In this paper I link Bob's palliative care experience to the Stroebe and Schut (1999) model to show how the impact of loss and bereavement can be immense and seemingly overwhelming; however, adjustment and coping can be facilitated through patient centered palliative care.
doi:10.11157/sites-vol7iss2id152 fatcat:tm3tq54ujfh3jmj7zvhxlu4o5e