Experiences of grief-bereavement after a medically assisted death in Canada: Bringing death to life

dc.contributor.authorBeuthin, Rosanne
dc.contributor.authorBruce, Anne
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Marney
dc.contributor.authorAndersen, A. E. (Betty)
dc.contributor.authorLundy, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-18T22:03:54Z
dc.date.available2021-02-18T22:03:54Z
dc.date.copyright2021en_US
dc.date.issued2021
dc.description.abstractMedical assistance in dying (MAiD) legislation was passed in Canada in 2016, yet the bereavement experience of family and friends is not well understood. Using interpretive description, we interviewed nine bereaved individuals. The time before the assisted death seems most impactful—an experience of bringing death to life shapes bereavement after death. We identified themes that inform this grieving: (1) certainty of date/time of death—intensifies a parade of lasts, initiates a countdown and affords time to say good-bye; (2) active family engagement as planners supports sense-making; and (3) enacting MAiD as ceremony slows time to “digest” loss.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding provided by Island Health’s 2018–19 Collaborative Grant Award.en_US
dc.identifier.citationBeuthin, R., Bruce, A., Thompson, M., Andersen, A. E. & Lundy, S. (2021). Experiences of grief-bereavement after a medically assisted death in Canada: Bringing death to life. Death Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1876790en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1876790
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/12687
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherDeath Studiesen_US
dc.titleExperiences of grief-bereavement after a medically assisted death in Canada: Bringing death to lifeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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