Holding On and Letting Go: Making Sense of End-of-Life Care Decisions in Families

  title={Holding On and Letting Go: Making Sense of End-of-Life Care Decisions in Families},
  author={Jennifer E. Ohs and April R. Trees and Corinne Gibson},
  journal={Southern Communication Journal},
  pages={353 - 364}
Making medical care decisions for a family member at the end of life is an emotional and complex experience for families. To understand how families make sense of this process, we used Relational Dialectics Theory (RDT) to analyze discourses around the struggle between holding on and letting go. From in-depth interviews with individuals about their family communication during end-of-life (EOL) decision making, two overarching discursive contradictions in families' meaning making emerged: family… 
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