Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The experience of counseling the terminally ill and the best counseling practices
by Bleicher, Helen Jackson, M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2011, 89; 1490864
Abstract (Summary)

As people approach the end of their lives, many experience anxiety throughout the dying experience. This research investigated the death experience of terminally ill patients and the best counseling practices among licensed mental health practitioners. The questions developed by the researcher served as the measure, which was developed specifically for this research. The questions were given to a small purposive sample of counselors (N=10) who work in hospice settings, private practice, and oncology clinics. This research found that counselors focus on the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying, and observe patients having less death anxiety when they are comfortable with who they are and what they believe in. The counseling approaches presented in this research help to enhance quality of life, maintain a purpose in life, and manage death anxiety.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carter, David J.
Commitee: Barnes, Paul, Ostler, Elliot
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Department: Counseling
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aging, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Death anxiety, Religiosity and spirituality, Terminally ill
Publication Number: 1490864
ISBN: 978-1-124-57324-3
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