An Art-based Case Study: Reflections on End of Life from a Husband, Artist and Caregiver

Regina Emily Robbins, Mark Gilbert

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Abstract

This study explores the reflective processes of Scottish artist, Norman Gilbert, as he created twenty-five drawings depicting his wife, Pat Gilbert, as she lay dying following an Alzheimer’s-related stroke. Norman, ninety-one, had drawn Pat regularly over their sixty-five-year marriage. One week after Pat died, Norman was interviewed by a family friend to chronicle his reflections on the drawings. The drawings along with the interview transcript are analyzed qualitatively as a case study. Norman’s Hospital Drawings of Pat transform what was initially a private experience into a shared comprehension of end of life and bereavement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-448
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Medical Humanities
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2019

Keywords

  • Bereavement
  • Drawing
  • End of life
  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Visual art

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy

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