A Phenomenological Study: End of Life Decision Making

by Genot, Carrie J.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the lived experiences of family members who participated in the end of life decision making process for a loved one who was terminally ill and died using Watson’s (2003) theory of human caring. The emerging themes were as follows: Theme One: The importance of time and loving kindness in establishing authentic care to promote comfort and healing. Theme Two: Creating a healing environment by assisting with basic needs in a considerate, consistent, caring manner, while viewing the family member’s loved one as whole and complete regardless of illness or disease. Theme Three: The importance of respecting family members by acknowledging, honoring and supporting their decisions and concerns to develop a helping-trusting relationship. Theme four: Creating a healing environment for family members during denial, preparation, and letting go to potentiate beauty, comfort, and peace.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Toledo Health Science Campus

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:end of life decision making


Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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