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      Legacy Making Through Illness Blogs: Online Spaces for Young Adults Approaching the End-of-Life

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          Abstract

          Little is known about young adults with cancer at the end-of-life, but life review and legacy making may be important modalities to process the emotions associated with anticipatory grief. The study analyzed the illness blogs of five young women (aged 25–39 years) at the end-of-life using a narrative approach. Key elements of legacy making and grief processing were explored. The women had varying experiences before their death, but uniform posthumous occurrences with the use of the blog for a space of grief for loved ones. The use of online blogs among adolescents and young adults with advanced cancer is an area of needed further study.

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          Journal
          J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol
          J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol
          jayao
          Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
          Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (140 Huguenot Street, 3rd FloorNew Rochelle, NY 10801USA )
          2156-5333
          2156-535X
          01 December 2015
          : 4
          : 4
          : 209-212
          Affiliations
          [ 1 ]Department of Acute and Specialty Care, University of Virginia School of Nursing , Charlottesville, Virginia.
          [ 2 ]Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , Division of General Internal Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
          Author notes
          Address correspondence to: Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN, Department of Acute and Specialty Care, University of Virginia School of Nursing P.O. Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908, Email: jlk2t@ 123456virginia.edu
          Article
          PMC4684647 PMC4684647 4684647 10.1089/jayao.2015.0003
          10.1089/jayao.2015.0003
          4684647
          26697270
          e4cb4872-0a7c-4a6d-b2ce-de7a03a29106
          Copyright 2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
          Page count
          Tables: 1, References: 24, Pages: 4
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