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Community gardens as sites of solace and end-of-life support: a literature review


Marsh, P and Spinaze, A, Community gardens as sites of solace and end-of-life support: a literature review, International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 22, (5) pp. 214-219. ISSN 1357-6321 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.12968/ijpn.2016.22.5.214


In a pilot project, members of a community garden explored how they might provide better end-of-life support for their regional community. As part of the project, a literature review was undertaken to investigate the nexus between community gardens and end-of-life experiences (including grief and bereavement) in academic research. This article documents the findings of that review. The authors discovered there is little academic material that focuses specifically on community gardens and end-of-life experiences, but nonetheless the two subjects were seen to intersect. The authors found three points of commonality: both share a need and capacity for a) social/informal support, b) therapeutic space, and c) opportunities for solace.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:therapeutic space, end-of-life care, palliative care, community garden
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Marsh, P (Dr Pauline Marsh)
UTAS Author:Spinaze, A (Dr Anna Spinaze)
ID Code:109089
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2016-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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