By Christine Valentine
Bereavement is usually handled as a mental of the person with either fit and pathological kinds. even though, this empirically-grounded research argues that this isn't regularly the simplest or merely solution to support the bereaved. In a thorough departure, it emphasises normality and social and cultural range in grieving. Exploring the importance of the demise person’s ultimate moments in the event you are left in the back of, this booklet sheds new mild at the number of ways that bereaved humans retain their courting with lifeless household and the way the useless keep an important social presence within the lives of the residing. It attracts functional conclusions for execs in terms of the advanced and social nature of grief and the price put on the ideal to grieve in one’s personal method – assisting and inspiring the bereaved individual to articulate their very own event and locate their very own equipment of coping. according to new empirical learn, Bereavement Narratives is an leading edge and priceless learn for all scholars and researchers of loss of life, loss of life and bereavement.
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We take it as a bit of a joke but really it’s intensely serious. I do not want to end up like that. (Stephen) In spite of any attempt by nursing homes to disguise the fact that residents were approaching their deaths, their loved ones may be only too aware of it: The problem with old people’s homes is that they’re full of people waiting to die and you know it just has that atmosphere and just sort of decay and sort of waiting for death really. (Stephen) In addition, nursing homes were perceived by some, such as Lynne, to lack the professionalism of hospitals and hospices: She wasn’t getting sufficient care – although the people – they’re care workers, they’re not nurses.
Values associated with relationship and human contact could also compete with the routine of a medicalised system of dying. For Adrian this was experienced as a disregard for the needs of loved ones to spend uninterrupted time with the dying person during their final moments: Oh yeah, we didn’t go – we stayed until – I mean my mum was more or less kicked off the ward. ‘You’ve been here all day’, that was what they said, ‘You’ve been here all day’, as if – you know you’re on this ward with just this curtain round you and you know your loved one .
1992; Hockey, 2001). As explored in Chapter 3, such values are especially evident in accounts of dying loved ones’ final moments, as expressed by Pat (see p. 73): I mean it was just absolutely amazing because as I say she died looking straight into my eyes with her hands on my cheek and I knew she knew it was me. (Pat) Religion A person-centred perspective was evident in the way narrators sought to understand the dying experience in terms of religious discourses. In a society that promotes individual autonomy and responsibility and distrusts external authority, religion has become a matter of personal and private choice.
Bereavement Narratives: Continuing bonds in the twenty-first century by Christine Valentine