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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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the generativity document

the generativity document

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Dignity Therapy
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Harvey Max Chochinov

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176216.003.0005

An important aspect of Dignity Therapy is the creation of a generativity document. This document begins as a word-by-word transcript of the dialogue between the dignity therapist and patient. This can sometimes be a rather meandering document, with various expected stops and starts, material that is disjointed or chronologically incoherent; it might contain material that was not disclosed with any intention of ever being part of a generativity document. On occasion, there may be material that would be harmful to document recipients. Knowing how to manage each of these is part of the task of editing. Editing also requires eliciting patient input, in order to correct any errors and to confirm that the final version of the document is satisfactory. Editing that is done competently, sensitivity and respectfully can transform a wondering dialogue into a pristine narrative.

Keywords:   editing, transcription, generativity document, corrections, chronology, dialogue, narrative

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