'Normally you sit beside a bed and hold someone's hand': Renegotiating the end-of-life during a pandemic

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This presentation draws on data collected through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with a group of six end-of-life workers in Hong Kong and Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. These workers reflected on how the requirement to follow exceptional infection control regulations associated with COVID-19 fundamentally altered interaction with individuals and families during the end-of-life period. Preliminary findings indicate that workers found creative ways to adapt some of their practices to preserve vital relational aspects of their work.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2021
EventAnnual Conference for International Communication Association 2020 - Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 21 May 202024 May 2020


ConferenceAnnual Conference for International Communication Association 2020
Abbreviated titleICA 2020
CityGold Coast
Internet address


  • End-of-life, communication, COVID-19

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