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Table 1 Key Features of the Murphy's Family Meeting Model

From: The experience of palliative patients and their families of a family meeting utilised as an instrument for spiritual and psychosocial care: A qualitative study

Aspect of Model Main Features
5 Part Paradigm:  
1. Story of the Journey - The patient speaks about their journey of illness including things that are and have been important to them and have helped them to make sense of it.
  - May also include the story of other important experiences and struggles of their life.
2. Worries and Fears - The storyteller is encouraged to speak of their worries, fears and concerns about the illness and its outcomes.
3. Speaking of Roots - Speaking of family history, recent and not so recent.
  - Allowing the pains and the joys to be openly expressed.
4. The Family Speaks - Each person present has the opportunity to tell the story of their journey in relation to their loved one's illness
  - They speak of their history together as they have experienced it and have the opportunity to respond to what others have said.
5. The Closing or Blessing - Bringing the meeting to a close in a manner appropriate for the family (may or may not include ritual with religious connotations).
  - It may be an opportunity for each person to say one thing that they value most about the person who is dying.
The 3 Main Roles:  
1. The Storyteller - The one who speaks - everyone takes a turn (1 at a time)
2. Witness(es) - The ones who listen preferably without judgement or interpretation - everyone else who is present
3. The Facilitator or Guide - Supports, guides and moves the meeting along with the use of probe questions if necessary e.g. "Would you like to say more about that?" or "How did you feel about that?"