Facing Death: Images, Insights, and Interventions: A Handbook For Educators, Healthcare Professionals, And Counselors, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Facing Death: Images, Insights, and Interventions

A Handbook For Educators, Healthcare Professionals, And Counselors, 1st Edition

By Sandra L. Bertman

Taylor & Francis

226 pages

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Facing Death is a unique handbook for educators, healthcare professionals and counselors. It uses materials from the visual arts, excerpts from poetry, fiction, drama, and examples from popular culture to sensitize the reader to important, universal issues confronting the dying, and those responsible for their care.


There is a profoundly human quality to Bertman's work that makes her use of even well known paintings, photographs, and other images fresh and to the point. Her words help us to understand what the images do for us and for our patients. A cherished book that captures the essence of palliative care--to be revisited and reread often.

Eric Cassell, M.D., Author of The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

In her writings, personal appearances, and media creations, Bertman lays everything on the line. She does not hide behind generalizations, cliches or statistics. Her audiences know that they are in contact with somebody who faces the real issues honestly, in detail, and without simplification.

Robert Kastenbaum, Ph.D., Professor of Gerontology, Arizona State University and Founding Editor of Omega

An excellent teaching tool…especially recommended for health care professionals and counselors who work with terminally ill patients and people who are facing imminent death.

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

It is hard to know what to praise the most. The writing is perceptive, caring, insightful, helpful, and challenging. The illustrations, poems, quotations, and paintings afford insights into terminal illness and death that textbooks and lectures never could on their own. The three sections of the book are uniformly superb.

Nursing Times

About the Series

Series in Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Volumes published in the Series in Death, Dying and Bereavement are representative of the multidisciplinary nature of the intersecting fields of death studies, suicidology, end-of-life care, and grief counseling.

The series meets the needs of clinicians, researchers, paraprofessionals, pastoral counselors, and educators by providing cutting edge research, theory, and best practices on the most important topics in these fields—for today and for tomorrow.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health