Medical encounters in "closed religious communities" : palliative care for Low German-Speaking Mennonite people

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Fan, HaiYan (LingLing)
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Anthropology and Health Sciences, 2011
This multi-sited ethnography focuses on beliefs and practices associated with death, dying, and palliative care among the Low German-Speaking (LGS) Mennonites. The qualitative data, collected through participant-observation fieldwork and interviews conducted in three LGS Mennonite communities in Mexico and Canada, show a gap between official definitions of palliative care and its practice in real life. The LGS Mennonites’ care for their dying members, in reality, is integrated into their community lives that emphasize or reinforce discipleship by promoting the practices of mutual aid, social networks, and brotherhood/sisterhood among community members. This study also offers ethnographic insights into some difficulties that healthcare providers face while delivering the “holistic” palliative care services to their patients in general, and to the LGS Mennonites in particular. Finally, it provides some suggestions that may aid healthcare providers in developing culturally safe and competent health care services for the LGS Mennonite people living in Canada.
xi, 231 leaves ; 29 cm
Mennonites -- Health and hygiene -- Canada , Mennonites -- Health and hygiene -- Mexico , Mennonites -- Social life and customs -- Canada , Mennonites -- Social life and customs -- Mexico , Palliative treatment -- Canada -- Religious aspects , Palliative treatment -- Mexico -- Religious aspects , Death -- Religious aspects , Dissertations, Academic