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Lessons on life and death: a qualitative exploration of home carers’ experiences following the death of a patient

Gee, E. and Yates, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-9235-564X (2021). Lessons on life and death: a qualitative exploration of home carers’ experiences following the death of a patient. Home Healthcare Now, 39(5), pp. 247-252. doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000001022

Abstract

The death of a patient can be a significant event for professional caregivers. Yet, little attention is paid to the emotional toll this can exert on carers, nor the support they need to cope during this time. The purpose of this study was to explore home carers’ experiences following the death of a patient. Qualitative data collected through individual semi-structured interviews with six UK home carers was analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. A central aspect was the merging of carers’ personal and professional losses. Three key themes were: (1) there are no boundaries to loss (2) coping actions (3) a new understanding of life and death. These conversations gave carers a space to share their experiences of grief as well as lessons on their own life and mortality. Learning from these experiences will highlight the complexity of carers’ loss and possible sources of support.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Gee, E. and Yates, J. (2021). Lessons on life and death: a qualitative exploration of home carers’ experiences following the death of a patient. Home Healthcare Now, 39(5), pp. 247-252.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
Date available in CRO: 03 Sep 2021 09:51
Date deposited: 3 September 2021
Date of acceptance: 27 July 2021
Date of first online publication: 2 September 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26695
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