Responses to the Images
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An oncology nurse displays literally the painful division of allegiance that occurs at the hands of her patient and family members, friends, doctors, and hospital policy or medical staff.
Chapter 3 Responses to the Images
This chapter demonstrates bow Gve specific populations have reacted to the issues of facing death in the context of terminal illness. The responses of these audiences make clear the value of the arts as evocative tools for people of all ages and professions. Participants ranged in age from 13 years old to mature adults and in profession from lay volunteers from a variety of occupations to experienced health professionals. The groups include
Junior and senior high school students (\Vest Virginia) College students (Lesley College, Cambridge, MA) Medical students (University of Massachusetts Medical School, \Vorces-
ter, MA) Graduate nurses (University of l'v\assachusetts School of Nursing, Boston,
MA) Hospice volunteers (State-Wide Conference, MA)
All group members filled out a Death Attitude Questionnaire and addressed the question of a most memorable image from the double-slide lecture presentation (see Appendixes l and 2). Members of three groups were asked to come to the viewing having drawn or devised their own personal image of death. Permission has been granted from members of each group for use of their comments, sketches, and suggestions.