“So that I can carry on”

Arthur W. Frank

in The Renewal of Generosity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2004 | ISBN: 9780226260150
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226260259 | DOI:
“So that I can carry on”

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This chapter tells the story of a palliative care nurse, Linda, and the generosity of the care she offers. Linda, speaking in a brief interview excerpt, describes her relationship with a patient named Miriam Lambert, whose suffering could not be relieved as well as what Linda wants to believe she and her colleagues usually can provide for people who are dying. Linda speaks within the immediacy of the work she describes; she does not write, edit, and revise. Her story evokes the chaos of generosity while it is being practiced, yet she carries on. One can recognize the generosity of her perseverance only when one feels the chaos of her work. Linda's story is told as one part of an ethnography of Miriam Lambert's final hospitalization and death narrated by Anna Towers, a palliative care physician in Montreal.

Keywords: generosity; Miriam Lambert; suffering; ethnography; Anna Towers; death; palliative care; hospitalization

Chapter.  7045 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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