Ways of 'Being With'

Annelieke Driessen, Erica Borgstrom, Simon Cohn
2021 Anthropology in Action  
Palliative care professionals often speak of the importance of forming meaningful relationships with patients and their families. Trust and rapport, usually established over extended periods of time through face-to-face interactions, and a 'gentle honesty' regarding end-of-life and death are key aspects of developing a sense of intimacy with people who are approaching the end of their lives. A fundamental feature of this intimacy is conveying a sense of 'being with' a patient. However, these
more » ... . However, these ways of working were greatly challenged by the impact of COVID-19. This article explores how intimacy both was and was not established at the height of the pandemic, and it describes the extent to which shared concerns functioned as a new means to create a sense of a common experience.
doi:10.3167/aia.2021.280103 fatcat:jn7bk7f54re5pgrahhkxlats7i