"I don't like the idea of lingering. If it's going to happen
let it happen; not all this hanging on inch by inch, fighting
every scrap of the way." That quote from a hospice patient
introduces us well to the realities, struggles, and, yes, moments
of clarity and celebration, that accompany hospice care, palliative
care and a person's passing from life to death.
Focusing on what the authors call "the period of decline
prior to death," we have a carefully constructed look at
dying and caring for the dying. Of particular note is "invisible
suffering: the social death."
While the bibliography is missing the significant contributions
to the field of the last couple of years, it is still a worthwhile
documentation and history of the unfolding story of bereavement