An expressive-arts-based life-death education program for the elderly: A qualitative study

Joshua K M NAN*, K. S.Y. Pang, K. K.F. Lam, M. M.L. Szeto, S. F.Y. Sin, C. S.C. So

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Abstract

This study endeavors to investigate how healthcare workers, equipped with expressive arts methods, could foster life-death education for the elderly. Forty-nine older adults aged 60 or above joined a 10-session expressive arts-based life-death education program that was led by social workers equipped with expressive arts methods. An ethnographic research approach, with a post-treatment focus group (n = 17), was conducted with the participants. The results showed that expressive arts methods could enhance reorganization of life experiences, promote dealing with ambivalent emotion regarding life-death issues, improve communicating life-death issues with family members, and induce ideas to prepare for death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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