Dignity therapy was created by Professor Harvey Chochinov of Canada based on an empirical model of dignity at the end of life. Research has taken place in at least 11 countries over the past 13+ years to establish the efficacy of dignity therapy and it is widely accepted into clinical practice in palliative care settings.
The goal of dignity therapy is to address suffering in dying by affirming dignity. Using a step-by-step intervention, a trained therapist invites people with life-limiting conditions to reflect on their life, find meaning, and leave messages for loved ones in a written, narrative document.
Links to Stories about dignity therapy
- Talking about your life can help the process of accepting death, Palliative Care Australia