Being a constant presence in a sea of change: The lived experience of vigil keeping for a family member at end of life
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-03-23T18:19:42Z
Author DetailsColleen B. Fleming-Damon, PhD, APRN-BC, ACHPN, C.T
Level of EvidencePhenomenology
Research ApproachQualitative Research
An end-of-life vigil is the act of being with another towards death. A family vigil is a phenomenon that occurs when one or more significant others gather by the bedside of a family member in the weeks, days, or hours prior to death. There is a scarcity of research with specific focus on end-of-life vigil keeping, yet it is not unusual for nurses who minister to the dying to be present, bear witness and share in this human experience. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore form, structure and meaning of the lived experience of vigil keeping for a dying family member at the end of life, using hermeneutic phenomenology as methodology. In-depth semi-structured interviews with 14 individuals who kept vigil were transcribed, analyzed and interpreted using van Manen's process of hermeneutic analysis.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. The author still retains copyright.
Degree GrantorAdelphi University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
Visits vs Downloads
Visitors - World Map
Top Visiting Countries
Top Visiting Cities
Visits (last 6 months)
Downloads (last 6 months)
Popular Works for Fleming-Damon, Colleen by View
Popular Works for Fleming-Damon, Colleen by Download
The citations below are meant to be used as guidelines. Patrons must make any necessary corrections before using. Pay special attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates. Always consult appropriate citation style resources for the exact formatting and punctuation guidelines.