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The meaning of hope in the dying 

The meaning of hope in the dying
The meaning of hope in the dying

Valerie T. Cotter

and Anessa M. Foxwell

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date: 04 December 2021

To assist palliative care nurses, this chapter explores the many dimensions of hope and identifies its possible influence on health and quality of life. Nursing assessment and strategies to foster hope are described. In addition, specific issues such as “unrealistic hopefulness” and cultural considerations in the expression and maintenance of hope are discussed. The goals of the chapter are to provide the reader with an understanding about this complex but vital phenomenon, to offer guidance in the clinical application of this concept to palliative nursing care, and to explore some of the controversies about hope that challenge clinicians.

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