Developmental tasks of terminally ill patients

  title={Developmental tasks of terminally ill patients},
  author={Paul Andrews},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
  • P. Andrews
  • Published 1 September 1981
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Religion and Health
Erikson's epigenetic stages provide a conceptual map of how a person responds to the knowledge of having a terminal illness. The patient initially reworks developmental tasks that have been resolved and then works at an accelerated pace to accomplish tasks that remain ahead. This acceleration is an attempt to attain a wholeness of self and life in light of the threat of imminent death and self-perceived shortened life span. 
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