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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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Give Me Permission to Die

Give Me Permission to Die

Talking Openly about Death

(p.39) 6 Give Me Permission to Die
The Weeping Willow

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the importance of talking openly about the death of chronically ill patients. It suggests opening the discussion about death and fears by giving the patient the confidence that one is really interested in what he or she has to say. The chapter also recommends avoiding isolating the dying person either physically or emotionally and explains how the personal story of narration gives meaning to both the dying person and to the listener. It describes the case of Rachel, whose mother admitted to her that she did not want to live anymore.

Keywords:   chronically ill patients, death, fears, dying person, personal story

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