Scholarship for Post-COVID MA Research – Closing date 8th Dec 2021

Applications are invited for a co-funded MA research programme established between the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology and the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE), Dublin. The project is entitled Spiritual Care Needs of persons directly bereaved by COVID: Insights from Funeral Undertakers. An Exploratory Study.
The study aims to investigate the spiritual challenges identified by funeral undertakers who provided services to those bereaved through the pandemic. This will require that the researcher will
  1. Identify the spiritual questions, concerns perceived by undertakers in those they served during the pandemic;
  2. Explore practices and protocols which triggered spiritual issues perceived by undertakers in those they served during the pandemic;
  3. Review and analyse spiritual practices which were perceived by undertakers as supportive to those they served during the pandemic;
  4. Propose a Plan of Action for developing and delivering a suite of spiritual care interventions for persons bereaved by COVID