• Archaeology and modern reflections on death

      Dayes, Jennifer E.; Faull, C.; Büster, Lindsey S.; Green, Laura I.; Croucher, Karina T. (2019-06)
    • Bereavement and the role of religious and cultural factors.

      Oyebode, Jan R.; Owens, R.G. (21/08/2013)
      The aim of this article is to give an overview of some of the key dimensions of variation in cultural and religious rituals during the immediate period after a death and in the longer term, in order to inform service delivery in multi-cultural societies. For each area we give examples of different customs, and consider their functions and possible impact. Dimensions considered in the immediate period after bereavement are: The time and space given to formal rituals, expression of feelings, assertion of status and disposal of the body. In the longer term, we look at variations in remembering the deceased and in continuing bonds. Throughout we consider the interplay between individual responses and the person¿s cultural and religious context. Our objective is to provide an accessible introduction for practitioners new to working with bereavement and provide a succinct reference point for more experienced bereavement workers.
    • Dying to Talk? Co-producing resources with young people to get them talking about bereavement, death and dying

      Booth, J.; Croucher, Karina T.; Bryant, Eleanor J. (2021-11)
      The Dying to Talk project in Bradford, UK aimed to build resilience in young people around the topic of death, dying and bereavement. Starting conversations early in life could buttress people’s future wellbeing when faced with bereavement and indeed their own mortality. Research indicates that a key feature in young people’s experience of bereavement is ‘powerlessness’ (Ribbens McCarthy, 2007). Drawing on the principles of co-production, young people led the development of the project aimed at encouraging young people to talk about death, using archaeology as a facilitator to those conversations. The partnership between the University of Bradford, the voluntary sector and the young people proved to be a positive and empowering one. It laid the foundations for future collaboration and developed a framework for engaging young people in talking about death, building their resilience for dealing with death and dying in the future – a step towards building a ‘compassionate city’ for young people (Kellehear, 2012)
    • Moving and handling children after death: an inductive thematic analysis of the factors that influence decision-making by children’s hospice staff

      Tatterton, Michael J.; Honour, A.; Kirby, L.; Billington, D. (Lippincott Wolters Kluwer, 2022-02)
      Hospices for children and adolescents in the United Kingdom provide care to the bodies of deceased children, in specially-designed chilled bedrooms called ‘cool rooms’. In an effort to develop resources to support hospice practitioners to provide this specialist area of care, the study aimed to identify the factors that influence decision-making when moving and handling children’s bodies after death in a hospice cool bedroom. An internet-based survey was sent to all practitioners employed by one children’s hospice. A total of 94.9% of eligible staff responded (n=56). An inductive approach to thematic analysis was undertaken, using a six-phase methodological framework. Three core themes were identified that inform practitioners’ perception of appropriateness of moving and handling decisions: care of the body, stages of care, and method of handling. The complexity of decision-making and variation in practice was identified. Practitioners relied on both analytical and initiative decision-making, with more experienced practitioners using an intuitive approach. Evidence-based policy and training influence the perception of appropriateness, and the decisions and behaviour of practitioners. The development of a policy and education framework would support practitioners in caring for children’s bodies after death, standardising expectations and measures of competence in relation to moving and handling tasks.
    • Understanding the bereavement experience of grandparents following the death of a grandchild from a life-limiting condition: A meta-ethnography.

      Tatterton, Michael J.; Walshe, C. (2019-07)
      To increase understanding of grandparental grief following the death of a grandchild from a life-limiting condition. Meta-ethnography. Academic Search Complete CINHAL, Embase, psycINFO, PubMed and Web of Science, supplemented by manual search strategies (in 2015, updated 2018). Studies were appraised and synthesized using the principles of meta-ethnography. Three superordinate themes were identified: 'influence of the relationship with their grandchild', 'influence of the relationship with the grandchild's family' and 'pain'. The simultaneous, multigenerational position of grandparents meant individuals experience emotional pain from witnessing the experience of family members. Many factors that contribute to the bereavement experience of grandparents are outside of their control. The roles, positions, and support needs of grandparents need to be acknowledged to better meet their needs as parents, grandparents, and individuals who have experienced a child death.