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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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What Is Yours, What Is Not

What Is Yours, What Is Not

Empathy, Boundaries, Identification

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(p.169) 27 What Is Yours, What Is Not
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The Weeping Willow
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Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0027

This chapter discusses the importance for medical professionals working with the terminally to know their boundaries and know what is theirs and what is not. It describes the author's experience in an interview with a physician who had treated children with infectious diseases and who claimed to have treated his patients like his own children and have been affected by their death. The chapter explains that knowing “what is yours” and “what is not” is important in effectively helping a bereaved person, and that it also protects the professional from burnout.

Keywords:   medical professionals, boundaries, physician, children, infectious diseases, burnout, bereaved person

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