Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree Granting Department
Lori Roscoe, Ph.D.
Darrell Fasching, Ph.D.
David Payne, Ph.D.
Frederick Steier, Ph.D.
Caregiving, Community, Dying, Ethics, Health, Spirituality
This dissertation examines end-of-life experiences at a small Zen hospice in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Through an exploration of how end-of-life communication, sense-making, decision-making, and care in this setting differ from that of typical clinical settings, this project highlights and interrogates the experiences of dying as spiritually, rhetorically, narratively, relationally, and communally bound events.
Keywords: Zen hospice, end of life, narrative sensemaking, medical-ethical decision making, spirituality, healing rhetoric, communities of practice
Scholar Commons Citation
Klein, Ellen W., "Changing Landscapes: End-of-Life Care & Communication at a Zen Hospice" (2014). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.