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Title: Living one's dying : an experiential exploration into constituents of healing in chronic and life-threatening illness
Author: Proot, Catherine
ISNI:       0000 0004 2690 5705
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2009
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The question I consider in this thesis is "How do people face life-threatening illness and loss?" This challenging and broad question, so significant to coundess human beings, poses many other questions. Among them I examine what helps the process of adjustment to the pressures of life-altering illness. What are the characteristics of 'healing'? I use the word 'healing' to mean an integrative experience in a person's life journey which results from trans formative processes which maintain or enhance a sense of self, purpose, connectedness and wholeness, whether in illness or in health. Through narrative and Interpretative Phenomenological analysis, the research describes a number of issues with which people may need assistance in order to 'live their dying' in a growthful way. Characteristics direcdy related to the illness are symptom and pain control and appropriate information and communication about them, but also adjusting to the psychosocial implications of being ill as in a shake up of the notion of time, a loss of role, dignity and control, feelings of fear and isolation and challenges to values, attitudes and beliefs. On the other hand the research brings to attention a number of life-affirming characteristics which may become more crucial in life-limiting illness. Such are an enduring sense of belonging, feeling valued and affirmed, finding meaning (positive or negative) and coming to a sense of completion or achievement in the ending. Finally, the data lead us to recognise that acceptance should be seen both as enhancing these transforming processes and as following on from living one's dying in a growthful way.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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