Enhancing comfort care for individual hospice patients by teasing out meaning from their dreams, comments and behaviors

Full Title
Enhancing comfort care for individual hospice patients by teasing out meaning from their dreams, comments and behaviors
Author
William Paul Steinke
Abstract
Jungian psychoanalytic-theological principles are applied to caregiving techniques in working with hospice patients to determine a dying patient's needs. This study explores the importance of symbols expressed in dreams, what may appear as nonsensical spontaneous comments, and uncharacteristic behaviors of patients at the end of life. The workshops are designed to inform and develop skills interpreting symbols to enhanced palliative care. Staff reports indicate the calming benefits that interpreting symbols extend to the dying patient. Hospice caregivers expressed intrigue with the metaphysical insights the project offered them as professionals.
Advisor
Clyde J Steckel
Language
English
Date
2012