publication . Article . 2016

Family Caregivers’ Social Representations of Death in a Palliative Care Context

Suzanne Mongeau; Sabrina Lessard; Bernard-Simon Leclerc;
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  • Published: 25 Jan 2016 Journal: SAGE Open, volume 6, page 215,824,401,663,739 (issn: 2158-2440, eissn: 2158-2440, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
The objective of this study was to consider the social representations of death of family caregivers in a palliative care context. The authors focused on the analysis of 23 interviews with family caregivers who cared for a terminally ill person at home and/or in a specialized palliative care unit, in Québec, Canada. The finding showed that family caregivers had different images that specifically represented death: (a) losses as different kinds of “deaths,” (b) palliative care as a place to negotiate with death, and (c) last times as confirmation of the end. These images highlight the meaning attributed to the body and the position of the dying person in our West...
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free text keywords: General Arts and Humanities, General Social Sciences, History of scholarship and learning. The humanities, AZ20-999, Social Sciences, H, Nursing, Family caregivers, Palliative care, Medicine, business.industry, business, Terminally ill
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