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By Lesley Cullen, Michael Young

A solid Death is predicated on a survey in East London and gives quite a lot of attention-grabbing and useful insights into all features of experiencing loss of life and surviving grief. The voices within the e-book are these of people that have controlled to manage regardless of being lower than the shadow of forthcoming demise. Their adventure can be a convenience to anyone in an identical scenario. A strong Death is meant for those who are demise, for his or her lay carers and for pupil medical professionals, nurses and social employees.

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Her only real sadness was not having her husband with her. ‘I’m not completely happy because I’ve not got my husband. ’ But she had spirit enough to pack her bags and depart the hospital when the surgeon treated her discourteously (we come back to this incident in Chapter 5). Arthur Jacobs also seemed untroubled by the prospect before him. Arthur Jacobs (72) Lung cancer. He is a sunny Jewish widower in Whitechapel, with a glint to his eye, and a lovely smile. He has three children by his first marriage and three by his second.

A very small woman, bent over by arthritis, who leans heavily on her stick as she walks. A very private person, she shuts herself up in her spacious terraced house with only an abandoned unfriendly cat for company. She talks a lot to the cat, without response. Alice did not dread death: When I was your age, if anyone had asked, I’d have been terrified of dying but not now. As you grow older it becomes inevitable. I’m not afraid of dying, no, nor the 26 THE PATIENTS manner of dying. I just don’t think about it.

It is followed by anger, often against those nearest to the patient, such as doctors or relatives, and sometimes against the patient’s own self too. Kübler-Ross suggests the absence of anger indicates a possible lack of acceptance of the diagnosis. This is followed by bargaining, when patients attempt to extend their life expectancy by making deals (for example, with God or fate). Depression is the fourth stage and arises from the cumulative losses, physical and social, experienced by patients.

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