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Cicely Saunders

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.001.0001

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When a Patient is Dying

When a Patient is Dying

First published in Nursing Times (13 November 1959), pp. 1129–30.

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(p.17) 3 When a Patient is Dying
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Cicely Saunders
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Cicely Saunders

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.003.0003

It is not so much death itself as the actual process of dying that most men fear — but the reality when it comes is almost always painless and peaceful. Mental and physical pains usually recede during the few days before death and almost always in the last hours. Patients and their relations often need to be told this. In this chapter, Mr. B. had not been told that he was dying as he realized the truth gradually and the fear of death faded away as he finally approached it. Mr. B. went to hospital with a fairly advanced rodent ulcer of his face when he was in his late forties. Between 1938 and 1958, he had numerous courses of radiotherapy and diathermy excisions. His wife looked after him at home with the help of the district nurses till only a few months before his death.

Keywords:   relations, dying, fear, pain, rodent ulcer

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