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Bereaved Family Members’ Views of the Value of Coronial Inquests Into Fatal Work Incidents

NGO, M, Matthews, LR, Quinlan, M and Bohle, P 2018 , 'Bereaved Family Members’ Views of the Value of Coronial Inquests Into Fatal Work Incidents' , Omega: Journal of Death and Dying , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.1177/0030222818819344.

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Abstract

Fatal work incidents result in an array of government responses, and in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia, this may include the holding of coronial inquests. A common theme from the scant literature is that family members have a strong need to know how and why their loved one died. The inquisitorial nature of inquests suggests potential in uncovering this information, although little is known about families’ experiences with these proceedings. Interviews with 40 bereaved relatives explored their views and experiences of inquests. Findings suggest that families, often frustrated with other investigative processes, want inquests to provide a better understanding of how and why the death occurred, uncover any failings/responsibilities, and thereby move closer to a sense of justice being obtained for the deceased. Families identified problems perceived to impair the process and where improvements could be made to secure a more effective and meaningful institutional response to the fatality.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:NGO, M and Matthews, LR and Quinlan, M and Bohle, P
Keywords: fatal work incidents, coronial inquest, family, traumatic bereavement, justice
Journal or Publication Title: Omega: Journal of Death and Dying
Publisher: Baywood Publ Co Inc
ISSN: 0030-2228
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/0030222818819344
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Copyright 2018 The Authors

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