The final report on the Remember Me project’s research case study examining free-writing practices in palliative care is now available.
In experiences of bereavement, people hold on to their loved ones, creating continuing bonds and ongoing relationships with the departed. Many hospices offer Memorial books through which these relationships can be expressed and maintained in a practice known as free-writing. Attendees may visit hospices repeatedly over a number of years, writing messages to their lost loved ones, expressing the ways in which they are remembered, and remain present in the lives of the living.
Most hospices also hold annual memorial services for the families of those who were cared for at the hospice in the last phase of their lives. Services often include participant interactions such as the lighting of candles, laying of flowers or placing of stones, which are imbued with meaning, and through which the bereaved reconnect with the deceased.
Over the past three years, the Remember Me project has been conducting research into free-writing practices and memorial services offered at ten hospices in the United Kingdom. Rev Dr Andrew Goodhead travelled to the hospices, observing memorial services and gathering data from memorial books. He observed some commonalities in practices across the UK, and has conducted a comprehensive analysis of the data.
The results of the research are now available and you can view the highlights and executive summary here:
If you would like to access the full report, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org