Deadlines: doing times in Dutch hospice

Bernike Pasveer*

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For a person to enter a Dutch hospice as resident, a clearly articulated deadline is needed: a life expectancy of three months or less. This paper argues that this institutional timeframe of a singular, clocktimed period of more or less linearly approaching death (the end of time), affords life to unfold in hospice as a relatively clockless multitude of temporal orderings enacted by staff and residents (the time of the end). Based on a period of ethnographic fieldwork in hospices and focusgroup interviews with hospice staff, I analyse how temporal orderings manifest and intersect in different ways. The quality of these intersections presence end-of-life normativities in ways that may be instructive when designing and reflecting on end-of-life care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-332
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Early online date18 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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