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Death and Dying


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:

Events

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 wels-research-events@open.ac.uk. Please also use this email to register your interest for a seminar as space is very limited.

Death and Dying Seminar Series Poster

Details and recordings of past seminars can be found here.

Upcoming Seminars

Death and Dying Seminar Series: 'A Debate on Assisted Suicide' (open to all)

A Debate on Assisted Suicide with Lesley Close, Dignity in Dying and Dr Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland To register for...

July PRA Seminar – 12 July 2018

Care & Repair Time: 12.30-14.00 Location: CMR 11 Martin Hodges from Care & Repair England will be giving the final PRA seminar of the 2017/18 academic year. Nationally older people report high levels of satisfaction with home modifications provided through the grant funded route. However, demonstrating in a robust way, the full value to the individual receiving the intervention in...

Health & Wellbeing PRA – AWAY DAY 2 July 2018

Are you a researcher interested in Health & Wellbeing? Join our community! Date: 2 July  Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Chicheley Hall The Health and Wellbeing PRA Team will be hosting our third annual Away Day event on 2nd July at Chicheley Hall. The aim of the day is to get health and wellbeing researchers together to develop and reflect on all aspects of health and wellbeing research....

PRA Sandpits

Healthy Ageing ISCF Thursday 14 June 2018 09.45 Refreshments 10.15 Start 15.30 Close De Vere Horwood Estate Side by Side Thursday 19 July 2018 12.30pm Lunch & Refreshments 1pm Start 5pm Close The Michael Young Building, meeting room 2, 3 & 4 If you are interested in attending either event please email:...

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