Discussing life story, forgiveness, heritage, and legacy with patients with life-limiting illnesses.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

AIM: To explore the perceptions that individuals with life-limiting illnesses have about their lives, both positive and negative, and their messages to future generations. METHODS: A preparation and life completion intervention (Outlook) was assessed for acceptability and feasibility in an Australian palliative care setting. This paper reports a qualitative analysis of the participants' responses to the intervention. The intervention sessions were audiotaped, transcribed, and analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. RESULTS: Eleven participants were recruited from inpatient and outpatient hospital and hospice settings. Three overarching themes were identified: life review, current situation, and legacy/principles. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention provided insights into individual palliative care patients' sense of self, views of their current situation, hopes, and how they would like to be remembered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keall, RM; Butow, PN; Steinhauser, KE; Clayton, JM

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 454 - 460

PubMed ID

  • 22067737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1357-6321

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.12968/ijpn.2011.17.9.454


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England