Taking care of grieving through poetry: memories of palliative care’s presence or absence.


Abstract:  Families navigate loss of loved ones in a number of ways, including the creation of narratives of family experiences during the patient’s illness and death. Robinson (2004) suggests that grieving family members create poetry together. Using a version of this method, the author processes losses by responding to the poems her husband wrote about the illnesses and deaths of a friend and several family members. Each poem is followed by a letter in which the author addresses the main character of the poem in order to provide new perspectives on her identity and her memories.


Families, systems and health: the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare


2009 Mar;27(1):98-104.

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Journal Article


Cunningham N.