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Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia
The Place of Spiritual Reminiscence Work
by Elizabeth Mackinley and Corrine Trevitt
Publisher:Jessica Kingsley Publishers from Gardners Books
This well-researched book is based on the findings of the first major study on spiritual reminiscence work with people with dementia. The "story" of a person's life is seen as crucial to the formation of their identity because it is the loss of identity that sufferers of dementia fear the most.
Many will believe that dementia means that the person is "no longer there" because they find difficulty in expressing themselves through speech. If they cannot tell their story it is assumed that there is no story. But this isn't the case and the purpose of this very useful study is to demonstrate that meaning and purpose can be found and affirmed, especially through the vehicle of spirituality. The authors give good practical guidelines on how effective communication by nurturing connections can take place.
The book is easy to read and is full of insightful real-life experiences for sufferers who have benefitted from this approach. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Paddy Beresford (23/02/13)