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Coping with the Loss of a Library Patron: A Call to Medical Libraries

  • Author(s): Barr-Walker, Jill
  • Nevels, Iesha
  • Bohman, Claire C
  • et al.
Abstract

Our small hospital library staff was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our regular patrons, someone who embodied the societal struggles that our safety net patients face daily. After searching the library literature and seeking guidance from colleagues in medical libraries, we discovered that there is a lack of literature and communal discussion about this topic in our field. By sharing our experience with the process of grieving and celebrating our patron’s life, we hope to begin this conversation within our profession and encourage other library workers to share similar stories and experiences.

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