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Research Studies

Dying, Death and Grief


  • Moving from Death-Denying to Death-Discussing
    • Hollyoke P, Stephenson B. The Reflection Room: Participatory Art Installations to Move us from Death-denying to Death-discussing. Poster presentation at the 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Global Palliative Care – Shaping the Future; Berlin, Germany; May 23-25, 2019.
      Poster available here.
    • The Reflection Room®: Moving from Death-Denying to Death-Discussing. 
      Project summary available here.
    • The Reflection Room® Part 2: Moving from Death-Denying to Death-Discussing. 
      Project summary available here.
    • Oikonen K, Holyoke P. Results of the Reflection Room® – 2 years later. Workshop presented at Canadian Hospice Palliative Care 2017; Ottawa, ON; September 20-23, 2017.
    • Oikonen K. The Reflection Room®: Creating space for reflection and shared storytelling. eHospice. 2016 (January 13, 2016).
      Article available here.
  • Spiritual Care at End of Life
    • Organization-level best practices to support spiritual care. 
      Project summary available here
      Below are 9 Principles of Spiritual Care videos for your review.
      • ​Principle 1 - Spiritual Care
      • ​Principle 2 - Person Centred
      • Principle 3 – Vocation
      • Principle 4 - Emerge Through Presence
      • Principle 5 - Witnessing
      • Principle 6 – Place
      • Principle 7 – Rituals
      • Principle 8 – Relationships
      • Principle 9 – Volunteers
    • Taking action on spiritual care at the End of Life: Barriers and opportunities for change.   
      Project summary available here.
    • Duggleby W, Kuchera S, MacLeod R, Holyoke P, Scott T, Holtslander L, et al. Indigenous people's experiences at the end of life. Palliative and Supportive Care. 2015(June 15):1-13.
      Abstract available here.
  • Palliative Approach to Care for People who are Homeless
    • A training package for social care workers who support people who are homeless. 
      Project summary available here.
    • Evaluation of the Palliative Approach to Care (PA2Care) training package for social care workers.
      Project summary available here.
    • Holyoke P, Tudge S. A palliative approach to care for non-healthcare workers who work with the homeless. Workshop presented at HPCO Annual Conference Striving for Equity in Hospice Palliative Care; Richmond Hill, ON; April 22-24, 2018.
  • New Approaches to Hospice Palliative Care
    • Co-design of Hospice Outreach by Digital Means.
      Project summary available here.
    • Holyoke P, Barnes P. Examining the Role of Spiritual Care Professionals to Promote and Nurture Organizational-level Promising Practices Supporting Spiritual Care Delivery. Workshop held at the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) – Identity Narratives, Rediscovering our Professional Identity through Story; Vancouver, BC; April 13-16, 2016.
  • Grief and Bereavement
    • The grief experiences of frontline home care workers.
      Project summary available here
      You can view a video on the grief experiences of Home Care Workers:
    • Lejambe V, Holyoke P. Understanding the Grief Experiences of Home Health Care Workers. AVISO Newsletter (CHPCA). 2013;Spring 2013;(71).
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