Truth, gently told, need not end hope

August 2008
Hospice Management Advisor;Aug2008, Vol. 13 Issue 8, p92
The article discusses the need for patient care providers in the U.S. to take care to let patients express what their hopes are. It notes that hope, if reframed, could transform "hope for a cure" to hope for dignity to alleviate the suffering, as well as greater wholeness. Vincent Guss Jr., chaplain at Falcons Landing Air Force Retired Officers Community in Potomac Falls, Virginia, states that a physician's own feeling about death has an impact on what he or she expresses to the patients.


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