End-of-life caregiving: What helps family caregivers cope?
Citation Redinbaugh, E. M. Baum, A., Tarbell, S., & Arnold, R. (2003) End-of-life caregiving: What helps family caregivers cope? Journal of Palliative Medicine, 6 (6), 901-909.
Design Exploratory research
Purpose This study examined the relationships among caregiving stressors, coping, and caregiver strain in a sample of 31 family caregivers and their terminally ill loved ones enrolled in home hospice programs.
Our culture tells us that we should fight hard against age, illness and death: "Do not go gentle into that good night," Dylan Thomas wrote. And holding on to life, to our loved ones, is indeed a basic human instinct. However, as an illness advances, "raging against the dying of the light" often begins to cause undue suffering, and "letting go" may instead feel like the next stage.