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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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I The Narratives

3 Albert Hoffer: Bonds Through Thick and Thin

Narrated by Yanna Lambrinidou

4 Klara Bergman: Burdens from the Past

Narrated by Patricia Boston

6 Shamira Cook: “Who Am I?”

Narrated by Yanna Lambrinidou

8 Victor Sloski: “I Want to Die at Home”

Narrated by Patricia Boston

9 Leonard Patterson: Jagged Edges

Narrated by Yanna Lambrinidou

11 Sadie Fineman: A Question of Denial?

Narrated by Patricia Boston

16 Jasmine Claude: A Study in Faith

Narrated by Anna Towers

17 Katie Melnick: Living and Dying with God

Narrated by Yanna Lambrinidou

18 Susan Mulroney: A Private Matter

Narrated by Patricia Boston

20 Joey Court: Death of a Child

Narrated by Yanna Lambrinidou

II Working with the Narratives