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The Handbook of Structured Life Review


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Dr. Barbara Haight is Professor Emeritus at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina. Recently retired, Barbara conducted 8 research projects over 25 years developing the structured life review process and supervised numerous students and colleagues in the practice of life review. She was the first president of the International Life Review and Reminiscing Society and has conducted hands-on life review projects in the United States, England, Japan, and most recently Northern Ireland. She is co-editor of two books on reminiscing and life review, plus one on group process, and is widely published in the field of life review and gerontology.Barbara is a fellow emeritus in the Gerontological Society of America where she founded and conducted a special interest group on reminiscence. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in the Florence Nightingale Society.|Barrett S. Haight retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army after serving 23 years in a variety of increasing positions throughout the world. He then worked for The Citadel Development Foundation as its Director of Estate Planning for 17 years. During these periods, Barrett taught undergraduate courses in business and constitutional law and graduate courses in Health Care Law at the Medical University of South Carolina.Barrett has authored articles for the Dickinson Law Review and The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Additionally he edited Focus, the newsletter of The Citadel Development Foundation. In his second retirement, he co-authored an article on reminiscence for the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and served as editor for many health care submissions.Both Barbara and Barrett are presently interested in using the Structured Life Review Process to help combat veterans who have returned from war. The Haights have 5 grown, successful children and 7 grandchildren. They live on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.


"An extremely readable and practical guide ... rich with examples from years of research on the use of life review, the authors demonstrate that this process can be rewarding not only for the listener but also the individual reflecting on and evaluating the lived experience."--Reviews (01/01/2001)
"Clearly written, comprehensive in scope, evidence-based and useful for both health professionals and the lay public ... an essential guide for anyone interested in the Structured Life Review, recognized as a rewarding tool to help others review and evaluate their life journey."--Reviews (01/01/2001)
"Life stories not only provide windows on the past, they open doors to the improvement of lives.... this book brings much experience to guide those who are in a position to assist older adults to improve their lives [with Structured Life Review]... excellent vignettes from real lives with real problems help train the therapeutic listener."--Reviews (01/01/2001)
"This is a long awaited text, the first handbook on conducting Structured Life Review and written by the major pioneer in this field."--Reviews (01/01/2001)
"A terrific book - the best I've seen that captures the essence of life review."-- (01/01/2001)
"The principles of this life review process would uniquely apply to the end-of-life character of hospice care ... the prevailing characteristic of hospice is to administer palliative care and comfort to the patient in the remaining few weeks and days of his life. [The Structured Life Review process can] help the patient face the reality of his or her pending demise and oftentimes, in doing so, help guide the patient to achieve 'closure' on certain troublesome and unresolved concerns.... [This book] will undoubtedly benefit many."-- (01/01/2001)
"This thorough book ... reflects decades of author experience with the life review process through the use of real-life, non-sugar-coated examples. It provides an up-to-date and essential training tool that promotes ethical and consistent methodological approaches for incorporation in life review research and practice."-- (01/01/2001)

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