Dying Is a Team Effort

  • John G. BruhnEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)


Death is the end of a series of transitions. The time of dying is highly individualistic. Not all people have the opportunity or wish to plan their own funerals or celebration of life services. Whatever the circumstances or personal desires regarding the dying process, professional caregivers usually present grievers with choices regarding how their family member dies. Hospice provides an 11th hour companion to be with the patient to provide respite for family, or to be a companion when family cannot be physically present with the patient. Often older people may be in a hospital, nursing or group home and in the absence of family, they end up dying alone.


Celebration of life Dying with hospice Patient wishes in dying Planning in dying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA

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