The manner of parting: exploring understandings of a 'good death' and spiritual care in Irish palliative care

Una MacConville

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Abstract

Sociologist Norbert Elias suggested (1985) that it is our task to 'make the end, the parting from human beings, when it comes, as easy adn as pleasant as possible, for others as well as ourselves'. A 'good death' is about the manner of parting and the tasks that need to be accomplished in order to make that as easy and as pleasant as possible.

Ideas and understandings of a 'good death' are not fixed and change over time and across cultures. This presentation will draw on research conducted in an Irish pallaiative care setting which set out to explore a variety of prespectives - lay and professional - of a 'good death' and spiritual care.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2013
EventNorthwest Hospice Conference - Sligo, Ireland
Duration: 11 Apr 201311 Apr 2013

Conference

ConferenceNorthwest Hospice Conference
CountryIreland
CitySligo
Period11/04/1311/04/13

Keywords

  • good death
  • hospice
  • palliative care
  • Ireland

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    MacConville, U. (2013). The manner of parting: exploring understandings of a 'good death' and spiritual care in Irish palliative care. Paper presented at Northwest Hospice Conference, Sligo, Ireland.