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Palliative Care and Hospice - Innovation at End of Life

  • Andreas Heller
  • Claudia Wenzel
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_494

Synonyms

Hospice and Palliative Care: Reactions in Modern Society

Until a few decades ago, people in Europe knew how to deal with the fateful destiny of death. Dying, death, and grief were all incorporated within the cycle of familial life. The social place for the beginning and the end of life was, in the broadest sense, the home (from the Greek oikos), the economy of the house, and the life – relationships within families and neighborhoods. Dealing with these crises of life was facilitated through natural, social, and traditional rituals and customs. People lived in a closely woven network of normative and ritualized customs and certainties. The menacing threats unleashed throughout life needed fencing in, taming, and domesticating: For centuries the ancestors had prayed, “From hunger, disease and war, plague, keep us, O Lord.” As it was a relatively enclosed living environment, this construction of social reality was...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Klagenfurt | Vienna GrazFaculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (IFF Vienna) Department of Palliative Care and Organisational EthicsViennaAustria