Flynn, Eleanor

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    The relevance of the “death desired” as visualised in fifteenth century Books of Hours to the “good death” of contemporary palliative care
    2014-11 Flynn, Eleanor
    An exploration of the representation of the “Death Desired” in Late Medieval Books of Hours with possible connections to the “Good Death” of modern Palliative Care. The illuminations accompanying the text of the Office of the Dead from fifteenth century French and Flemish Books of Hours depict the role of religious rituals in framing the experience of Late Medieval death where Purgatory was an accepted belief. Late Medieval culture was very visual with the users of Books of Hours able to “read” the prompts to pray for the dead and the demonstration of the appropriate performance of rituals. The use of images to underscore the importance of ritual and the concept of liminality for the dying and the bereaved provides potential discussion points for modern Palliative Care practice.
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    Equipping Families and Friends to Offer Spiritual Care to People Living with Dementia: Findings from a Meta-Synthesis
    (Religions; 13 (5) ) 2022-05 Jackson, Darrell ; Erwich, René ; Olorunnisola, Titus ; Flynn, Eleanor
    Our work presents a meta-synthesis of 76 peer-reviewed, qualitative-research journal articles related to our research interest in the spiritual care training available for relatives and friends of people living with dementia. A total of 244 articles was reviewed prior to the application of selection criteria. The final sample of 2698 research participants across our selection of 76 peerreviewed qualitative-research studies serves to demonstrate the value of spiritual care as an aspect of holistic palliative and dementia care. The development and implementation of spiritual-care standards and practices in healthcare generally is increasingly widespread. Most current training resources are designed for healthcare professionals, and our meta-synthesis identifies the need for training resources that equip and train volunteer spiritual carers, namely, the relatives and friends of people living with dementia. Our meta-synthesis suggests there is a need to develop training resources that equip relatives and friends with skills that prioritise attentive presence, spiritual intelligence, emotional intelligence, and, primarily, sensory spiritual practices. Beyond this metasynthesis, developing and trialling suitable training materials and events will become the focus of an action research project.