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Being a family in the midst of living and dying.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 22, no 1, 26-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to illuminate the way of being a family when one family member is in the midst of living and dying. A family systems frame and a life world perspective were used in interviews with five families. A qualitative analysis inspired by Giorgi revealed dialectic and dynamic processes in constant motion within and between the continua being in affinity-being in loneliness, being in power-being in helplessness, and being in continuity-being in disruption. When families were moving in the direction of being in affinity, power, and continuity, these seemed to be prerequisites for enduring their challenged life situation and for giving them a kind of repose. When the movements were in the opposite direction, existential and emotional suffering were manifested as individual embodied experiences such as depression and anxiety.

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2006. Vol. 22, no 1, 26-32 p.
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Psychological Adaptation, Attitude to Death, Family, Psychology, Palliative care, Anxiety, Adult, Aged, Aged 80 and over, Child, Communication, Depression, Change events, Loneliness, Love, Male, Middle aged, Nursing methodology research, Qualitative research, Questionnaires, Social support, Spirituality, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-527PubMedID: 16689412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-527DiVA: diva2:330588
Available from: 2010-07-16 Created: 2010-07-16 Last updated: 2011-05-20Bibliographically approved

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