Death, dying and bereavement has been one of our major research and teaching themes for over twenty years. The synergy between research and teaching has been secured through vibrant student recruitment to the Death and Dying course (K260) and End of life care (KG001) as well as securing research funding in this area. The group is multi-disciplinary with a core in the social sciences and qualitative methodologies.
Current research: end-of-life care; death, including all forms of reproductive and neonatal loss; bereavement and memorialisation, and focuses on both theoretical and practice-related dimensions. Examples of research include the way in which end-of-life care needs of older people in care homes are met and how care home staff can develop palliative care skills; the way that a good death is understood in adults; the impact of stillbirth and neonatal death on parents; and how the care of dead bodies in hospital mortuaries is translated into dirty work and the impact of this upon professional status. Current team members have an interest in decision-making, core concepts around end-of-life care, and death and bereavement across the life-course.
Latest activity: the Death and Dying group recently held an internal sandpit event to help build research networks and capacity. From this, the group is developing several projects, on both individual and collaborative levels, to pursue the research topics outlined above and will likely include a series of workshops and publications.
For more information on this area, visit the Death, Dying and Bereavement page on the OU Internet.
If you are interested in being a part of the Death & Dying Special Interest Group please email Death-and-Dying@open.ac.uk where further details will be provided.
Additional Researchers Include:
The Death and Dying Research Group will be hosting a series of 13 monthly seminars starting this January 2017 with a fascinating presentation on the global perspective of palliative care.
Each month we intend to showcase a different theme on death and dying across the life-course by engaging leading academics and professionals, and are free to all interested in attending. The seminars will alternate each month between a traditional academic seminar and a more interactive and visual mini-workshop. There will be time in both for discussion and debate.
More dates and topics to be confirmed. Sign up to our mailing list to be sent details nearer the time by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also use this email to register your interest for a seminar as space is very limited.
• Tuesday 19th September 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities with Louise Jenkins, Strategic Liaison Nurse For Secondary & Tertiary care, Hertfordshire County Council
• Tuesday 17th October 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Adult Vulnerability and the Adult Attitudinal Grief Scale: From Theory to Practice with Dr Linda Machin, Keele University
• Tuesday 21st November 1.30pm Room CMR 11
Discussions Between Patients and Professionals on End of Life Issues with Dr Marco Pino, Loughborough University and Dr Ruth Parry, Nottingham University
• Thursday 14th December 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
Exploring End of Life Experiences and Care Needs in the Lives of Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People with Prof Kathryn Almack, University of Hertfordshire
• Tuesday 16th January 2018 1.30pm Room Library Seminar 1+2
A Debate on Assisted Suicide with Lesley Close, Dignity in Dying and Dr Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland
Details and recordings of past seminars can be found here.