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Book review: Governing death and loss: empowerment, involvement and participation
  1. Clare Gardiner
  1. Correspondence to Clare Gardiner, The University of Sheffield, Sykes House, Little Common Lane, Sheffield S119NE, UK; c.gardiner{at}

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Governing death and loss: empowerment, involvement and participation Edited by Steve Conway. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-958617-2, paperback, 152 pages, cost £24.95

A key message of this new book edited by Steve Conway is that the conception of death as an exclusive responsibility for clinical and professional governance, has inhibited the way we respond compassionately and socially to meet the needs of the dying and their loved ones. While this message might unnerve professionals working in the fields of supportive and palliative care, they can feel reassured that the publication of this text does not, completely, negate their professional purpose. The book …

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