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Inside the Compassionate OrganizationCulture, Identity, and Image in an English Hospice$
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Alan Baron, John Hassard, Fiona Cheetham, and Sudi Sharifi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813958.001.0001

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Understanding Hospice Life

Understanding Hospice Life

(p.96) 6 Understanding Hospice Life
Inside the Compassionate Organization

Alan Baron

John Hassard

Fiona Cheetham

Sudi Sharifi

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a reflexive account of life in a hospice—one that will reveal how the members see, feel, and think about the culture of their organization. During the period of data collection the authors had extended conversations with staff from all disciplines and with a number of people who regularly volunteer at the Hospice. They also attended many meetings and observed working practices to give a greater insight into what the Hospice means to those who work there. The chapter examines how dealing with issues of death and dying as part of everyday work can impact on the members and stakeholders of the Hospice. Wider discussion of some of the major ideas in the literature, and their application to the Hospice setting, provides evidence to support some of the main theories reviewed.

Keywords:   death and dying, hospice life, organization culture, organization theory, reflexivity

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