Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Life to be LivedChallenges and choices for patients and carers in life-threatening illnesses$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Catherine Proot and Michael Yorke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685011

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685011.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 January 2021

A wealth of resources

A wealth of resources

(p.129) Chapter 14 A wealth of resources
Life to be Lived

Catherine Proot

Michael Yorke

Oxford University Press

It is comforting to know that the response to illness can be positive. This chapter summarises practical, psychological and spiritual ways towards this end. Many people feel lonely in their suffering and find professional or peer support restorative. Attempting to find something meaningful to fill the day, people can learn new skills and crafts or revive old or much loved occupations. Writing and artwork can help to have conversations with oneself through which a bearable meaning for the loss can be found. Some people receive nourishment and succour from the simplest things. They can sit and watch a bird, listen to music, pray or meditate and to them that is life giving. Intimate relationships can be a haven of mutual trust and loyalty and new patterns of sharing life can be invented. At the heart of coping with the challenge of illness is acceptance of it as a reality. This is not very easy and it is not a constant state.

Keywords:   positive response to illness, peer support, artistic expression, spiritual nourishment, intimacy, acceptance, coping with pain, support groups

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .