This research project sets out to explore the lived experience of Being and caring for a\ud child with a Life Limiting Condition. This research uses van Manen’s (1990)\ud conceptualisation of hermeneutic phenomenology that is both a research methodology\ud and a method. The first empirical work is a preliminary study using focus groups with\ud professionals. The findings of this work acts as a backdrop to the further two studies that\ud involve interviewing, in-depth, twenty eight parents and five children. The second study\ud details the parents’ lived experiences and the final study looks at five parent-child dyads\ud and their combined lifeworlds. In keeping with the phenomenological methodology, data\ud was analysed using Template Analysis (King, 2004).\ud \ud \ud It is a rare opportunity to observe and speak with children with Life Limiting Conditions\ud and so gain insight into their lives. Their vulnerability is often characterised by rare and\ud difficult-to-diagnose conditions, significantly shortened life spans with compromised\ud quality of life. For the participants, the experience of Life Limiting illness was not only\ud personal, but was also transactional, communicative and profoundly social. The challenge\ud is one of Being thrown into an abnormal unready world which compels one to consider\ud the paradoxical temporality of the here and now. This brings recognition of being the\ud same as others in a lived space, but also being different in a fundamental way that has a\ud significant impact. The challenge is met by adapting to the environment to find new ways\ud of Being.\ud \ud \ud This research encourages readers to thoughtfully reflect on what is it like for these\ud families and those involved in their care, and to consider practice improvements that\ud address the triadic experience (of child, parent and professional). The full significance of\ud such reflection will ideally promote further questioning and inquiry, in keeping with the\ud always provisional nature of phenomenological inquiry
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