Knowledge of Death as a Crisis in Hospice Care


Hospice patient

By Dr. Saul Ebema.

One of my friends used to have dizzy spells that often came and went. He decided to go to the doctor to have some tests done on him in order find out what was wrong with him. The results of the tests indicated that he had brain tumor that had metastasized beyond treatment. The doctors recommended for him to be put understand hospice care. The news of his diagnosis took all of us by surprise and it immediately took him and his family into crisis mode.

The news of a diagnosis of terminal illness is often a crisis. Parad and Caplan defined “five aspects of crisis caused by the knowledge of impending death.”[1] First, this stressful event poses a problem that by definition is insolvable in the immediate future. In this sense dying is the most stressful crisis because it is a crisis to which…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, CT, MA

Thanatologist: Loss, Trauma, Crisis, Death, and Grief Educator - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007) Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimer's and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Former Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher
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