Although this book has an older copyright date, the information is even more relevant to the health care environment of today. This book tells the story of suffering that nurses see every day in patients, families, and each other. The authors acknowledges that nurses, as caregivers at the bedside, have a unique window into the ways in which patients of all ages and their support systems experience suffering. The Nature of Suffering speaks to the need for effective palliative and end-of-life care to provide what the patients and families need. Meeting the needs of the patients and families in relief of suffering will also help to support nurses as they are providing care.