A death in the family: experiences of dying and death in which everyday family practices are embedded and enacted

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Abstract

‘Family’ is an important concept in end-of-life care policy and practice but familial relationships are rarely considered, beyond a bio-medical framework and/or as a resource for informal care. Furthermore, bereavement and grief have largely come to be seen as the domain for psychiatry and psychology. I argue for an exploration of death, dying and bereavement as experiences within which everyday family practices are embedded and enacted. In doing so, I draw on experiences, in an English setting, relating to my parents’ coming to the end of their lives. Morgan’s work is central to this endeavour and I apply aspects of his work to this important but understudied area of family sociology. Building on insights from this important body of work, I argue this can help to develop richer, more nuanced understandings of the everyday familial experiences of dying and death bound up in social, material and cultural contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227–241
Number of pages15
JournalFamilies, Relationships and Societies (FRS)
Early online date11 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022

Keywords

  • death, dying and bereavement;
  • Family practices
  • siblings
  • end-of-life care
  • family practices
  • death
  • dying and bereavement

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