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The "moment of death"


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Valentine, C., 2007. The "moment of death". Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 55 (3), pp. 219-236.

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Abstract

The “moment of death,” once a dominant concept in preparing for a “good death,” has been eclipsed by a focus on the wider concept of the “dying trajectory.” However, findings from interviews with 25 bereaved individuals suggest that dying loved ones’ final moments may still be experienced as highly significant in their own right. In some accounts the dying individual’s final moments did not feature or made little impression, either because the survivor was not present, or there was no obviously definable moment, or because other, usually medical factors, such as whether to resuscitate the person, took precedence. However, in six cases such moments were constructed as profound, special, and memorable occasions. These constructions are explored in relation to achieving a good death, the dying trajectory as a whole, and making sense of the bereavement experience. Their implications for sociological theories of identity and embodiment are also considered. INTRODUCTION

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsValentine, C.
DOI10.2190/OM.55.3.d
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http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/OM.55.3.dFree Full-text
Uncontrolled Keywordsbereavement, ars moriendi, good death, narratives, dying moments
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
Research CentresCentre for Death and Society
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code30994

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