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Dignity TherapyFinal Words for Final Days$
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Harvey Max Chochinov

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176216.001.0001

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Dignity Therapy

Harvey Max Chochinov

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates how each aspect of the model of dignity in the terminally ill informs critical elements of Dignity Therapy, including its form, tone and content. Given the importance of generativity, the form of dignity therapy includes the provision of a document for the patient to bequeath to a friend or relative as they see fit. The tone of dignity therapy has to provide a sense of being honored and valued; that is, feeling that the therapy has affirmed their sense of continued worth. The content of dignity therapy focuses on various aspects of personhood, addressing what the patient deems important memories, lessons learned, hopes and wishes for those about to be left behind. This chapter also provides an overview of various dignity therapy studies that have been conducted and the growing body of evidence supporting the application of this novel psychotherapeutic approach.

Keywords:   tone, form, content, evidence, generativity, personhood, meaning, purpose

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