Human death is a mystery. Although scientists have identified the criteria, states, and signs of biological death, undoubtedly the issues of dying and death have a wider meaning. In this book, the authors present current research in the study of the ethical issues, practices and challenges of end-of-life care. Topics discussed include a spiritual perspective of end-of-life experiences; a veterinary oncologist's interprofessional crossover perspective of euthanasia for terminal patients; diabetes and end-of-life care; helping families to cope after the death of a loved one; multidimensional aspects of nursing care for dying patients; spirituality at the end-of-life; challenges of promoting end-of-life care in residential care homes in Hong Kong; and the current situation and challenges of home end-of-life care for the elderly in Japan.
Preface; End-of-Life Care: Ethical Issues, Practices & Challenges in Heart Failure; End-of-Life Experiences: A Spiritual Perspective; Diabetes & End-of-Life Care: Ethical Issues, Practices & Challenges; After the Death of a Loved One: Helping Families to Cope; Care for Dying Patients: Multidimensional Aspects of Nursing Care; Spirituality at the End-of-Life; Challenges of Promoting End-of-Life Care in Residential Care Homes in Hong Kong; Are Veternarians Kinder than Physicians at End of Life? Is Pawspice Kinder than Hospice?: A Veterinary Oncologist's Interprofessional Crossover Perspective of Euthanasia for Terminal Patients; Current Situation & Challenges of Home End-of-Life Care for the Elderly in Japan: A Qualitative Research from the Point of View of Non-Nurse Care Managers; Index.