The legacy gift of reconciliation in palliative care: a qualitative art therapy study in a Singapore context

Lim, Cha Ling Veon (2019) The legacy gift of reconciliation in palliative care: a qualitative art therapy study in a Singapore context. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The legacy gift of reconciliation in palliative care: a qualitative art therapy study in a Singapore context
Synopsis:

This practitioner-based, qualitative research examines a culturally-informed art therapy practice, through a trainee’s clinical placement, with Singaporean patients within a hospital’s palliative care ward through multiple-case vignettes. This thesis documents the trainee’s journey of therapeutically supporting patients under the total pain concept wherein art therapy was used to metaphorically witness and hold the patients. The data is viewed from a psychodynamic lens within a cultural context where the Chinese Singaporean trainee was increasingly aware of local culture, customs and traditions (Casement, 2018; Essame, 2012; Jung, 2001; Lange & Davison, 2015; Lee, 2019; Wadeson, 2016). During the eight-month placement, the trainee worked with clients with existential and spiritual concerns. The research question the trainee seeks to answer is in what ways can the four fundamental acts in life be adapted for art therapy in the Singaporean context? This thesis explored the question in-depth, exploring the meaning of life from a local context, through the lens of a Singaporean. Consequently, it led to the adaptation of the four fundamental acts in life (Byock, 2014), namely, Please forgive me, I forgive you, Thank you, I love you, for local patients who may need it at this critical stage of their lives. Such acts may lead to reconciliation, leaving behind a legacy gift for the living upon the demise
of the patient.

Subjects: Art Therapy
Art Therapy > Thesis -- MA Art Therapy
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Art Therapy
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 05:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 04:11
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/604
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