Suffering Narratives of Older Adults
A Phenomenological Approach to Serious illness, Chronic Pain, Recovery and Maternal Care
Routledge – 2014 – 216 pages
This book exploits the power of phenomenological methods to access and describe lived moral experiences of pain and suffering for patients, their families and the wider community.
Creating new fields of communication for patients, their family members and health professionals in shared decision making processes, this book builds on knowledge about suffering to help and guide correct action in preventing and relieving chronic pain and improving systems of care. It offers a new phenomenology for understanding moral experience in serious illness and suffering, and its implication for policy, practice and research. A series of applied chapters, looking at individual experiences of suffering and care experiences, present some areas of ethical inquiry, including:
Exploring how moral phenomenology could provide fruitful alternatives to traditional frameworks in bioethics, this is an important addition to the literature. It will be of interest to scholars and students of bioethics and phenomenological methods in the health and human services.
Introduction 1. The Dialectics of Suffering and Maternal Care-Seeking in Serious Illness 2. The Narrative of Angelique: Maternal Affordances in Suffering 3. The Social Ecology of Suffering in Serious Illness: Loss of Maternal Foundations 4. Suffering and Care-Seeking as Moral Experience: The Movement Toward Self-Actualizing and Spiritual Well-Being 5. The Narrative of Camila: Enacting and Reenacting Cultural Meanings of Faith and Fidelity 6. Living in Community: The Gifts of Grapes and Maternal Grace 7. Seriously Ill Older Adult Men in Recovery: Maternal Care Facilities 8. A Call for Broader Social Care Provision: A Maternal Turn in Ethics of Care
Mary Beth Morrissey is Health and Legislative Consultant at the Ravazzin Center on Aging, Fordham University, USA, where she also teaches in social work. She has practised as a health care attorney for over 20 years.