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Funeral: Flora Benson's Spanner, The




  • The advantages of publicly announcing a residents death are examined
  • How to help residents 'tie up loose ends' before their death
  • Discussion of the importance of celebrating and recognising significant events
  • Case studies and stories to aid all of the author's explanations

This chapter demonstrates the importance of recognising each resident in their unique, historical, cultural context. The stories included also reveal the place of ritual in encouraging residents to celebrate life in its fullness.


Contents include

  • The funeral: Flora Benson's spanner
  • Wrapping it up: I've seen the angels
  • Anniversaries: it's three years tomorrow
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Author / Editor Biographies

Aged Care Palliative Care Consultant, RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci (adv.nsg) Grad Dip Geront. Nsg, B Theol, M Theol, PhD,FRCNA, FAAG
Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing of a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice.

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