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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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The Whites

The Whites

Expressing Unimaginable Indignities

5 The Whites
Dying at the Margins

David Wendell Moller

Oxford University Press

The story of Annie declares the dignity and grace of the human spirit in the midst of extensive suffering. It shows how social support heals throughout the illness experience. Her narrative is an example of the healing power of spirituality throughout dying. From her end-of-life experience, we learn that dying is far less about matters of the body than it is about matters of the person. We also discern that when a person is well attended throughout the dying process—her emotional, social, and spiritual needs being fulfilled—her suffering is eased and she is deeply comforted. Exploration of the dimensions of quality of life (QOL) help us to plan care which addresses all dimensions of QOL.

Keywords:   tenets of suffering, quality of life, physical suffering, well-being, patient-centered care, resilience, courage, gratitude

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