Public Health Approaches to the End of Life
This course examines the rapidly growing interest in the creation of ‘compassionate communities’ that seek to make care of the dying and bereaved ‘everyone’s business’. It explores the rise of an approach in many countries around the world that seeks to complement the role of professional services, by mobilising community assets to support people in the face of death. At the same time is scrutinises the evidence for the effectiveness of this type of community intervention and the extent to which it is sustainable. Case examples, such as the neighbourhood networks in Palliative Care (Kerala, India) and Compassionate Inverclyde (Scotland, UK) will be examined in detail. The course also examines related forms of community intervention – such as the interest in death cafes and death doulas – that are emerging in many contexts around the world.