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47 Personhood, Poetry and Practice
  1. Kate Powis, Lecturer,
  2. Rosemary Thurston, Registered Nurse and
  3. Mark Grinham, Day Service Nurse
  1. Education Centre
  2. Inpatient Unit
  3. Joan Tomkins Day Centre, St Helena Hospice, Colchester

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Personhood is constructed and maintained through meaning as an essential component of thought (Cassell, 2004). Everyday or even clinical language as a container (Bion, 1970) and expression of meaning may, at times of stress and suffering, fail to support the depth and subtlety of such experiences and this failure can be experienced as threatening the …

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