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Life to be LivedChallenges and choices for patients and carers in life-threatening illnesses$
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Catherine Proot and Michael Yorke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685011.001.0001

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A wealth of resources

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Life to be Lived
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Catherine Proot

Michael Yorke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685011.003.0014

It is comforting to know that the response to illness can be positive. This chapter summarises practical, psychological and spiritual ways towards this end. Many people feel lonely in their suffering and find professional or peer support restorative. Attempting to find something meaningful to fill the day, people can learn new skills and crafts or revive old or much loved occupations. Writing and artwork can help to have conversations with oneself through which a bearable meaning for the loss can be found. Some people receive nourishment and succour from the simplest things. They can sit and watch a bird, listen to music, pray or meditate and to them that is life giving. Intimate relationships can be a haven of mutual trust and loyalty and new patterns of sharing life can be invented. At the heart of coping with the challenge of illness is acceptance of it as a reality. This is not very easy and it is not a constant state.

Keywords:   positive response to illness, peer support, artistic expression, spiritual nourishment, intimacy, acceptance, coping with pain, support groups

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