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Death, dying and bereavement care during COVID-19: Creativity in hospital social work practice

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Bereavement support and conducting viewings for grieving family members are commonplace activities for social workers in the acute hospital setting, however the risks that COVID-19 has brought to the social work role in bereavement care has necessitated the exploration of creative alternatives. Social workers are acutely aware of the complicating factors when bereavement support is inadequately provided, let alone absent, and with the aid of technology and both individual advocacy, social workers have been able to continue to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable in the hospital system. By drawing on reflective journaling and verbal reflective discussions amongst the authors, this article discusses bereavement support and the facilitation of viewings as clinical areas in which hospital social work has been observed adapting practice creatively throughout the pandemic.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Fox, M., McIlveen, J., & Murphy, E. (2021). Death, dying and bereavement care during COVID-19: Creativity in hospital social work practice. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2), 131-137. doi:10.1177/1473325020981074

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85102035346

Start Page


  • 131

End Page


  • 137

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Bereavement support and conducting viewings for grieving family members are commonplace activities for social workers in the acute hospital setting, however the risks that COVID-19 has brought to the social work role in bereavement care has necessitated the exploration of creative alternatives. Social workers are acutely aware of the complicating factors when bereavement support is inadequately provided, let alone absent, and with the aid of technology and both individual advocacy, social workers have been able to continue to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable in the hospital system. By drawing on reflective journaling and verbal reflective discussions amongst the authors, this article discusses bereavement support and the facilitation of viewings as clinical areas in which hospital social work has been observed adapting practice creatively throughout the pandemic.

Publication Date


  • 2021

Citation


  • Fox, M., McIlveen, J., & Murphy, E. (2021). Death, dying and bereavement care during COVID-19: Creativity in hospital social work practice. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2), 131-137. doi:10.1177/1473325020981074

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85102035346

Start Page


  • 131

End Page


  • 137

Volume


  • 20

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication