Compassion: The Essence of Palliative and End of Life Care

ISBN : 9780198703310

Philip J. Larkin
256 Pages
162 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2015
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Since the efforts of Dame Cicely Saunders and the founders of the modern hospice movement, compassion has become a fundamental part of palliative care. In this ground-breaking book, international experts give their critical thoughts on the essence and role of compassion, in both palliative and hospice care over the past half-century. Compassion: The essence of palliative and end-of-life care provides insight into the motivations for, and practice of, compassionate palliative and hospice care, featuring the reflections of leading healthcare professionals, social workers, chaplains and educators. Chapters utilise case examples and first-hand experiences to explore the historical and contemporary discourse surrounding the concept of compassion in palliative medicine. This book is relevant to a multidisciplinary audience of palliative care practitioners, including undergraduate and graduate students in sociology, psychology and theology, and healthcare professionals in oncology and gerontology.


1. Compassion: a conceptual reading for palliative and end-of-life care
2. Healing connections
3. Understanding Pity
4. Service
5. Roots
6. Lessons learnt
7. Suffering
8. Courage
9. Seeds sown
10. Empathic Entree
11. The Golden Rule
12. The Truth of Time
13. Enlightened Resolve
14. Spirit
15. Vulnerability
16. Community
17. Interconnectedness
18. Compassionate Love
19. Compassionate organisations
20. The Light and the Shadow
21. Lessons from our teachers

About the author: 

Philip J. Larkin, University College Dublin and Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Dublin Ireland

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