The present study is a follow-up study, and its general objective is to understand the grief experience of relatives of patients in palliative care, in a palliative care unit in the north of the country, after their death, in the COVID-19 pandemic context and after at least 6 months have elapsed. Data collection was based on a semi-structured interview with four participants. The qualitative analysis of the data was based on the thematic analysis method, being carried out with the support of the Nvivo 12 software. The present study is relevant as it allows a greater understanding of the grieving process in the COVID-19 pandemic context. The results of this study stem from reports given by bereaved patients in the context of PC and indicate in this case that the impact of the circumstances of the pandemic context on the bereavement process was cushioned by the characteristics of Palliative Care Service (PCS) (proximity, information, and support), and that the personal characteristics of the participants contributed more significantly to the understanding of their grieving process.
|Date of Award||13 Jul 2022|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Elisa Veiga (Supervisor)|
- Palliative care
- Palliative care service
- Bereavement process
- Informal caregivers/relatives