Huddersfield University Mortuary Workers Study
4th April, 2021

Learning to deal with death: The experience of mortuary workers

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Play your part in supporting research in the mortuary field by taking part in a short interview designed to survey the well-being of mortuary workers and study coping techniques.

Sophie Halborg, a student with the University of Huddersfield, has reached out to The Eternal Debate to help her find participants for the study she has prepared and invites you to read the following information to ensure suitability:

Mortuary Workers Study Outline

We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide, we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. 

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this interview is to gain insight into your own experience, wellbeing and coping mechanisms you use as an experienced mortuary technician. The emphasis will be on the adjustment faced living with the daily reminder of death and understanding how mortuary workers deal with taboos and stigma around working with death. 

Can I take part?

If you are over the age of eighteen and have worked as a mortuary worker for at least a year at some point in your life, then you are eligible. If you are currently undergoing high levels of stress at work it is advised that you do not take part. I am particularly interested in speaking with experienced mortuary workers who are able to reflect on how they have successfully adjusted to the work. 

What will the study involve?

The study will involve a semi-structured video interview over Microsoft Teams or other video-conference platform, where you will be asked a series of questions for later analysis. You do not need any specialist software to take part. An audio-only recording of the interview will be made. 

How do I get involved?

If you wish to take part in the research or have any further questions about the information provided, please contact Sophie Halborg, or their supervisor Dawn Leeming Thank you for taking the time to read this.

If you feel you are a suitable candidate for the study then please make contact and schedule your interview.

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