This book explores how, in encounters with the terminally ill and dying, there is something existentially at stake for the professional, not only the patient. It connects the professional and personal lives of the interviewees, a range of professionals working in palliative and intensive care. Kjetil Moen discusses how the inner and outer worlds, the psychic and the social, and the existential and the cultural, all inform professionals' experience of work at the boundary between life and death. Death at Work is written for an academic audience, but is accessible to and offers insights for practitioners in a variety of fields.
Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. The narrative subject - a theoretical positioning.- Chapter 3. Research beneath the surface - a methodological positioning.- Chapter 4. Jacob.- Chapter 5. Eric.- Chapter 6. Karla.- Chapter 7. Dina.- Chapter 8. To be or not to be - an outline of existential concerns.- Chapter 9. An existential-psychosocial reading.- Chapter 10. Implications for research and future practice.
"While the book is primarily aimed at academics and students, it will be of interest to practitioners working in end-of-life care. This text is written in a clear, precise, and scholarly manner; it is well researched and extensively documented (bibliographies and index included) and makes a valuable addition to collections on health and psychology." (J. Bailey, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)