A new study in Social Science and Medicine, researchers report on data from a project teaming artists and craftspeople together to create prototypes of space for difficult conversations in end-of-life settings.
These prototypes were presented in a museum exhibition, “Room for Death”, in Stockholm in 2012. Palliative care researchers contributed a question to the public viewing the exhibition, to explore their reflections: “How would you like it to be around you when you are dying?”
Responses were categorized in the following inductively-derived categories:
- The familiar death
- The ‘larger-than life’ death
- The lone death
- The mediated death
- The calm and peaceful death
- The sensuous death
- The ‘green’ death
- The distanced death.
This project can be seen as an example of innovative endeavors to promote public awareness of issues related to death and dying, within the framework of health-promoting palliative care.
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