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Feelings of guilt – Experiences of next-of-kin in end-of-life care
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Gotland University College, Visby, Sweden & Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Gjøvik University College, Gjøvik, Norway & Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden & Haraldsplass University College, Bergen, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1522-2179, E-ISSN 1539-0705, Vol. 15, no 1, 33-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the study was to gain a greater understanding of the experiences of guilt of the next-of-kin in end-of-life care. Seventeen next-of-kin who had lost a loved one were interviewed with a focus on possible experiences of guilt. A Gadamerian-based hermeneutic approach to interpret these experiences was used. The interpretation showed that next-of-kin’s experiences of guilt emanated from a situation where the next-of-kin had a moral view on what was the right thing to do, it could also originate from a wish to do the best possible for the dying person out of love for this person. The situation could also involve both these aspects.  The way in which the situation was handled, could, if the next-of-kin felt that s/he did not fulfill her/his commitments, omitted or neglected the dying person or was the cause of something, lead to experiences of guilt. The situation of being next-of-kin in end-of-life care is complex and demanding, something that health professionals are and should be aware of. Acknowledgement of experiences of guilt can help the next-of-kin in their adaptation to the end-of-life situation as a whole and maybe also give useful tools to support next-of-kin through bereavement. © 2013 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

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Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013. Vol. 15, no 1, 33-40 p.
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end-of-life care, guilt, hermeneutics, next-of-kin
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30462DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e318262332cISI: 000313108100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84873858552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30462DiVA: diva2:908827
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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