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Hospices and rituals after death: a survey of British hospice chaplains


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Walter, T., 2003. Hospices and rituals after death: a survey of British hospice chaplains. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 9 (2), pp. 80-85.

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    Abstract

    This article presents the results of a survey asking British hospice chaplains to describe hospice involvement in post-mortem, funeral and memorial rituals. The findings are followed by discussion and comment from the author, who takes a sociologist's perspective on the issues raised. It was found that many hospices provided rites for the family, both immediately after death and in the year to come, although there were differing views regarding the extent to which other patients should be involved in such rites. The only hospices that became involved with the funeral itself were those who care for children and patients with AIDS. This may be related to the longer time over which a patient can build up relationships with other patients and staff. In some other hospices, funeral and memorial services were perceived by managers as morbid, fitting uncomfortably with the hospice emphasis on life. The article suggests that hospices should choose whether or not this is an area they wish to be involved in.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalter, T.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Publisher StatementWalter_IJPN_2003_9_2_80.pdf: Reproduced with kind permission from Mark Allen Publishing. All articles from this journal are available from internurse.com; Walter_IJPN_2003_9_2_80.doc: Reproduced with kind permission from Mark Allen Publishing. All articles from this journal are available from internurse.com
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code19464

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