Palliative Care Research
Online ISSN : 1880-5302
ISSN-L : 1880-5302
Clinical Practice Report
The Farewell Prayer Gathering Held by the Chaplain after a Patients’ Death in Our Inpatient Hospice at the Japan Baptist Hospital: An Evaluation by Bereaved Families Using a Questionnaire Survey
Yumiko MiyagawaSatoko ItoKento MasukawaMitsunori MiyashitaTetsuya Yamagiwa
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2022 Volume 17 Issue 2 Pages 59-64

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Purpose: Our purpose is to report an actual performance of our farewell prayer gathering held by the chaplain in our inpatient hospice at the Japan Baptist Hospital, and to describe what impressions and thoughts the bereaved families had about our farewell prayer gathering. Method: The questionnaires were sent to 84 patients’ families asking about our farewell prayer gathering. We analyzed the content of their comments. Results: Among the 40 families that responded, 15 families experienced our farewell prayer gathering. The words such as “prayer” and “participation of the staff” were mentioned as the favored experiences. The bereaved families felt “an emotional closure”, “peace of mind”, and “healing of mind and body”. They also found the gathering as “an opportunity to look back” and “special memorable moment”. Discussion: Our farewell prayer gathering is likely to be helpful for the bereaved to give peace to their mind and to reduce feelings of loss. By sharing the voices of bereaved families, it will be helpful for the betterment of grief care to future bereaved families in hospice care. We would like to see further research in the future.

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