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Communication at the End of Life


Jon F. Nussbaum, Howard Giles and Amber Worthington

Communication is at the heart of any complete understanding of the end of life. While it is true that individuals physically die as a single entity, the process of ending an individual life is located within a complex system of relationships and roles connected and constructed through communicative processes. In this volume, top scholars from numerous disciplines showcase the latest empirical investigations and theoretical advances that focus on communication at the end of life. This multi-contextual approach serves to integrate current findings, expand our theoretical understanding of the end of life, prioritize the significance of competent communication for scholars and practitioners, and provide a solid foundation upon which to build pragmatic interventions to assist individuals at the end of life as well as those who care for and grieve for those who are dying. This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate courses in Death and Dying, Communication and Aging, Health Communication, Life Span Development, Life Span Communication, Long term care, Palliative care and Social Work.
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Chapter Four: End-of-Life Communication and Spirituality



End-OF-Life Communication AND Spirituality


I don’t believe in God. I think once I’m dead, it’s over…. I don’t believe my energy goes anywhere or anything like that. (Barbara, 65, hospice patient dying of breast cancer)

I can’t wait to walk down streets paved with gold. And be in the presence of my Lord and Savior. (Carl, 72, hospice patient dying of heart disease)

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