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The lived experience of facing the end of life in an inpatient hospice environment Pyper, Sheri Marie


This study used a phenomenological approach to explore the experience of facing the end of life in a hospice environment. Findings revealed that central elements of this experience include: (a) caring about relationships with others, (b) caring about knowing and being oneself, (c) a greater awareness of one's relationship to time, (d) needing to think and feel positive, and (e) caring about one's spiritual faith and experience. The results provide support for previous research and have both theoretical and practice implications. Future research could help to build on the small number of phenomenological studies that have looked at the experience of facing the end of life— especially in hospice environments.

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