Good Psychosocial Care: A Wholistic Approach Part 1

Applying a wholistic approach in hospice palliative care benefits the patient, family and caregivers. Learn about the language of the psychosocial perspective in order to facilitate communication with family and patients about the inner experience of dying.


  • 0’00” Start
  • 0’10” Introduction to the psychosocial perspective in hospice palliative care.
  • 1’26 ” Poem by Mary Oliver, entitled “Black Water Woods” from Risking Everything – 101 Poems of Revelation, by Roger Housden.
  • 3’08 ” How palliative care provides the change in care to enable the shift towards death.
  • 3’59 ” Psychosocial perspective provides language on the inner experience of dying, and validates the journey of dying.
  • 4’25” How holograms can help us understand the psychosocial perspective of dying.
  • 8’08” Psychosocial perspective is about being holistic, because human beings are inherently wholistic.
  • 10’1 0″ What happens when we lose the way of seeing “the person” in the body.
  • 13’20” It’s not about how much time there is. It’s about being present in the time that you have.
  • 14’25” The one minute difference for physicians.
  • 15’55” It’s about how you spend the time that you have.
  • 16’00” How to provide care in ways that elicit story.
  • 18’35” Summary of what good psychosocial care looks like.

Chapter 5, On Being Up Close and Personal with the Dying, in Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Written and recorded by Elizabeth Causton.
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