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SCHMIDT, Beatriz; GABARRA, Letícia Macedo  and  GONCALVES, Jadete Rodrigues. Psychological intervention in terminality and death: experience report. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.50, pp.423-430. ISSN 0103-863X.

This study presents an analysis and reflection upon the practice of psychologists in situations of death in a hospital context, as well as the terminal and farewell process which patients and their family members experience. The experience report of a professional was used through a case study. The results revealed a reconfiguration of family relationships into different roles and functions from the perspective of greater autonomy. The farewell ritual is an experience that enables changes and recovery of family relationships, as well as an opportunity to experience the mourning process, both for patients, their families and health professionals.

Keywords : death and dying; psychotherapeutic counseling; hospitals - psychological aspects; family relations.

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