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Grief: It Won't be the Same Without Him

This chapter provides insights into the disruptive nature of death within a close community. It also highlights the nature of partnership when indirect carers take their place among other carers.

"When our much-loved Jon died suddenly, shock waves went through the nursing home. There had been nothing to warn us that his death was imminent. What a different place the nursing home would be without his singing and his mischief. How could we ever bear a new resident being admitted to Jon’s bed? This story, a memorial to all our residents, shows how appropriate mourning within the community can preserve the memory of those residents who have died; while leaving us free to greet, appreciate and form new and enriching relationships with those residents who take their place."
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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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