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Adult bereavement in five English hospices : types of support.

Field, David and Reid, David and Payne, Sheila and Relf, Marilyn (2006) Adult bereavement in five English hospices : types of support. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 12 (9). pp. 430-437. ISSN 1357-6321

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Abstract

Method: In-depth organisational case studies of five English hospices. Analysis: Thematic analysis of qualitative interviews and focus groups and scrutiny of documentary material provided by the hospice bereavement services. Findings: All of the hospices ran events where bereaved people met with other bereaved people who had been in contact with the hospice. They all offered some form of more intensive one-to-one support, spiritual support, and ran remembrance events. Three types of one-to-one support were offered: l Counselling l Befriending l Support from paid bereavement staff. Ongoing telephone support from trained bereavement volunteers appeared to be an acceptable and cost-effective way of providing low intensity bereavement support. Running social bereavement support groups is difficult and resource intensive. ‘Drop-in’ events appear to perform a useful role for both bereaved people and bereavement services. There seemed to be no readily available sources of support for people with particularly complex bereavement problems. Conclusions: All of the hospices were offering appropriate types of bereavement support that clearly met Components 1 and 2 of bereavement support in the NICE guidance. In the absence of any agreement about ‘best practice’ for adult bereavement support services it is the integration of bereavement support as a central aspect of hospice activity that is most likely to improve bereavement support for adults in the future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 8245
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2008 13:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8245

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