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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta April 29, 1970 THE LUHBRIDCE HERA1D DYING: CHICAGO (AP) Trying to cheer up a person who is dying may be .well Mentioned, but it is not always the best thing to do for the patienl. Depression is an important phase in the pa- tient's move toward acceptance of death, says Dr. Elisabeth Ku- Mer-Ross, a University of Chi- cago psychiatrist. Police' Delay 'Sick-Call' Walkout NEW YORK (AP) Leaders of a New York Oty policemen's union have postponed a threat- ened "sick-call" strike until at ieast midnight Friday night. It had been' scheduled for mid- night Tuesday night. TTie action followed a, no- strike order by state Supreme Court Justice George II. Car- ney, directed against the Patrol- men's Benevolent Association.___f Association President Edward I J: Kiernan, who had announced 'the strike threat in a contract Five Stages Outlined "Vibea we enter the room, our need is to cheer up the dying she says. But the dying patient has far moi'e to grieve over than his loved ones have, since he is about to leave all h? holds dear. Depression is one of five stages which the long-term, ter- minally ill patienl goes through, she says, and she maintains that if the process of dying is understood, the patient and his family can be helped so that the experience is less horrifying than it has been in Norih Amer- ican culture. Dr. has become widely known for bet1 research with terminally ill patients. Her mail sometimes runs to 50 letters a day from dying patients and their families all over the world. Her book, "On Death and has become a best- seller. She conducts workshops for ministers, doctors, nurses, so- cial workers and others throughout the United States. MET RESISTANCE Her involvement with the ter- minally ill was not planned. Four theological students sought her out five years ago her help on a re- NEW Brig. Gem. S. C. i native Wiuiyrg- u be pnmM to najM- dispute, said the association's delegate assembly voted 213 to 90 to obey the coutt order and to withhold any pction until Fri- day night to give the city "one last shot to live up to our con- tact." dispute is over salary classifications and involves the largest police force in- the United than men. Current grade patrolman is an Dually. pay for the first- cktef sUH at ttutquiten the AUM fcrees ii npe, the defence fefartneit a The ap- a effecta'TC lli Commons May Be Adjourned On Thursday :OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons plans to adjourn Thursday after the question period so that its committees can catch up with a backlog of work. 'Party spokesmen said today tfe action has nothing to do with the'Quebec election or abs- ence of many Quebec MPs in tieir home ridings. Commons now and then skips a sitting so that its com- mittees can 'get full attendance jnd catch up on their wort It will adjourn about 3 p.m. Thursday: so that committees can bokl afternoon and evening sessions. The House will resume at 11 a.m. Friday as usual. Mountain Expedition Camp Swept Away KATMANDU (AP) Mem- bers of a joint, 18-man, British- Nepalese army expedition toying to scale the high Annapuroa-L peak in'west- ern Nepal escaped injury when an ice avalanche swept away their high altitude camp, the So I lotd the students we'd ask patients wiw were dying about their she recalls. "I thought it would be simple." But a week laler they had not found a single dying patient. "Hospital people were reluc- tant to acknowledge that they had dying she says. "There was resistance, hostil- ity, possible def- ence, but no.patients. It was in- credibly difficult to get started. When we finally got patients, it was like opening flood gales." Patients, who are dying feel isolated, lonely aad avoided, she say's, and few excep- tions- -welcome the opportunity to talk honestly about how they feel. Dr Ross says the dying pa- tient almost always knows his condition without being told, but that he also appreciates candor and kindness on the part of his physician in' relating the seri- ousness of his illness. HOPE EASES DYING The first stage the dying pa- tient goes through, Dr. Ross has found, is shock and denial. Then anger sets in, overlapped by de- pression. This is followed by bargaining, then acceptance of the imminence of death and the severing of ties. Dying patients "want to hear Transplants Correct Jaw Deformities TORONTO