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Which books are indispensable to hospice care?

Author: John Tuffney
29 August 2017

Ahead of Hospice UK’s national conference, John Tuffney from Bookmark, a specialist book supply company providing titles to hospices and other end of life care facilities, is investigating which books are the most important resources in hospice care today by inviting hospices to send in their list of most valued titles.

Which are your top five books in hospice, palliative or bereavement care? These could be the ones that you turn to most frequently for confirmation, inspiration or consolation; or they could be the titles you regularly recommend to your students or colleagues. Bookmark will be placing the name of each hospice that sends in a list of titles into a prize draw to win £100 worth of books. The draw will take place at Hospice UK’s national conference, and the results will feature in an ehospice article so everyone can share the results.  

The conference takes place on 22-24 November at the ACC in Liverpool, where delegates will have the opportunity to browse Bookmark’s wide display throughout the three days of this year’s event. 

Bookmark will be featuring new and bestselling titles within the field of palliative and end of life care at special discounted prices. Alongside a selection of books from conference speakers and other contributors, and opportunities to buy signed copies, the bookstall will also feature a range of titles published this year. These include the following.

‘Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving’ published by Penguin, and currently our bestselling title.  Written by Julia Samuel, a grief psychotherapist who has spent twenty-five years working with the bereaved, this is a deeply affecting book full of psychological insights on how grief, if approached correctly, can heal us. Through elegant, moving stories, it shows how we can learn to stop feeling awkward and uncertain about death, and to not shy away from talking honestly with family and friends.

‘Complicated Grief, Attachment, and Art Therapy’ features fourteen clear-cut protocols, outlining four to eight week curricula for working with Complicated Grief, and explains the theory which informs the practice.

The second edition of the ‘Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care’ was published in February this year and reviewed for ehospice.  This important title is considered to be an essential resource and is filled with tips and strategies for effective communication about difficult and challenging communication. 

‘Older Citizens and End-of-Life Care: Social Work Practice Strategies for Adults in Later Life’  written by Michael Payne, and  also published in February, this is a ground-breaking title that challenges the current practice models in social work and social care within the field of end of life care. 

‘Chaplaincy in Hospice and Palliative Care’ just  published by Jessica Kingsley, this book  thoughtfully tackles the question - perhaps at the heart of modern hospice chaplaincy – of whether chaplains have a distinctive role in an increasingly secular society?

To take part in the survey, email your suggestions to Bookmark by October 31. 

If you’re not attending Hospice UK’s conference, you can still place an order for these books by phoning Bookmark on 0117 9672928 or emailing them

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