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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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From Southern Plantation to Urban Homelessness: A Portrait of An American Life

2 Cowboy
Dying at the Margins

David Wendell Moller

Oxford University Press

The clinicians who assisted Cowboy through this last chapter of his life attribute the positive outcome to the “redemptive power of love” and “mindful presence.” There are many other notable aspects of Cowboy’s narrative. Unconditional acceptance, searches for housing, attention to symptoms, respect for the process of building trust, and joining in partnership with Cowboy as his disease evolved over time. These are aspects of effective palliative care that contributed to Cowboy’s end-of-life experience. Beyond the “nuclear” team, there were also community contributions, ranging from the police who protected the cave to the landlady who was asked to face her son’s dishonesty and her fear of Cowboy dying in her home and then to ultimately become a rescuer to Cowgirl.

Keywords:   mindful presence, community contributions, effective treatment, symbols of caring

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