Chapter 21. Terminal Care and Dying

  1. Christina Faull MB BS, BMed Sci, MD, FRCP1,
  2. Yvonne H. Carter OBE BSc MB BS MD FRCGP FMedSci2 and
  3. Lilian Daniels BNurs (Hons) RGN HV Onccert Cert. Ed3
  1. Christina Faull and
  2. Brian Nyatanga

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755877.ch21

Handbook of Palliative Care, Second Edition

Handbook of Palliative Care, Second Edition

How to Cite

Faull, C. and Nyatanga, B. (2005) Terminal Care and Dying, in Handbook of Palliative Care, Second Edition (eds C. Faull, Y. H. Carter and L. Daniels), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470755877.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Consultant in Palliative Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester and LOROS - the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice, Groby Road, Leicester

  2. 2

    Dean, Warwick Medical School, the University of Warwick, Coventry

  3. 3

    PhD Candidate. Formally Macmillan Research Lecturer, Centre for Palliative Care and Oncology, University of Central England, Birmingham

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405121125

Online ISBN: 9780470755877



  • terminal care;
  • hospice service;
  • religious conviction;
  • psychosocial needs;
  • diagnosing death


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Helping people to die in the place of their choice

  • When is a patient terminally ill?

  • Principles of management

  • Psychosocial needs

  • The importance of religion and ritual in dying

  • Treatment of common symptoms in terminal care

  • Distressing acute terminal events

  • Procedures after death

  • Summary