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Dying at Home, Surrounded by Loved Ones: The Effects of End-of-Life Care at Home?

Julien Biaudet, Tiphaine Godfroid

In France, hospitalization at home (HAH) is on the rise, even though statistically it remains an uncommon practice. Palliative and end-of-life situations account for a significant proportion of such cases. This article tries to demonstrate that these situations create new issues for the dying process. On one hand, the home is no longer considered by society as the place to die. On the other, the stakeholders involved, particularly the dying person’s loved ones, and those with whom they interact (the ill person and professional caregivers), must adapt to new roles. Thus, the analysis of death in HAH situations also deserves to be examined at the intersection of medical and familial logics.