US book on palliative care published in Russia

Hank Dunn’s book, Hard Choices for Loving People, has been published in Russia

It will be useful for seriously ill people and their families, medical personnel and healthcare chaplains.


Author Hank Dunn is an American chaplain (a priest who serves in prisons, educational or medical institutions). He has been helping dying patients and their families since 1983: he began working in a hospice and nursing home before heading a department of the Alzheimer’s Association. He now works in both a hospital and adult psychiatric clinic. In his book, Dunn looks to find answers to some of the most difficult questions:

How do we come to the realisation that treatment is no longer the most beneficial option? Should an individual continue with therapy to prolong their life? When is the time right to move towards palliative care? How is it possible to accept a terminal diagnosis and to live in peace with loved ones?

His book goes into detail about various methods of therapy that artificially prolong the lives of seriously ill patients: the use of ventilators, feeding tubes, pacemakers, defibrillators and dialysis. The book offers an explanation of hospice care and looks into symptomatic treatment.

You can read an excerpt from the book, Hard choices for Loving People, as well as download it, on the website About Palliative Care.

The printed edition can be picked up for free at hospices in Moscow (the full list of addresses can be found here) as well as at the main office of the Vera charity. You should make an appointment in advance by calling 8 (495) 640 99 55 or 8 (965) 372 57 72.

The book was published by the hospice foundation, Vera, with the support of the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Foundation.


Translation by Holly Battye

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