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Crossing Over: Narratives of Palliative Care

David Barnard, Anna M. Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou


This book provides a unique view of patients, families, and their caregivers striving together to maintain comfort and hope in the face of incurable illness. The narratives weave together emotions, physical symptoms, spiritual concerns, and the stresses of family life, as well as the professional and personal challenges of providing hospice and palliative care. Based on a vast amount of participant observation and in-depth interviews, the book moves far beyond dry technical manuals for symptom control and tired clichés about death with dignity, to depict the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells ... More

Keywords: patients, families, caregivers, incurable illness, emotions, physical symptoms, spiritual concerns, hospice, palliative care, symptom control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195123432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Barnard, author
University of Pittsburgh, PA
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Anna M. Towers, author
McGill University, Montreal

Patricia Boston, author
McGill University, Montreal
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