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Date of Award

6-2014

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Master of Social Work

Department

School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Dr. Rosemary McCaslin

Abstract

The focus of this study is to explore and examine the views and feelings of United States documented and undocumented immigrants on their final resting place after death, posthumous repatriation, whether there is a need for repatriation, and if a lack of such need is preventing immigrant groups from remaining in the United States and benefiting from end-of-life services such as hospice. A quantitative research method was utilized. The use of a quantitative research method allowed for an expansive look into the use of posthumous repatriation and its effect on hospice use by immigrants. Data were obtained from multiple locations that serve and cater to specific ethnic groups within the region of the Inland Empire in Southern California. Sixty-three immigrants who identified themselves as persons born in a country outside the United States are the sample. This study produced evidence that family plays a major role in end-of-life decisions and argues the need of repatriation by immigrant groups as a potential reason for the underutilization of hospice services. The guarantee of return to their country of origin after death produced greater inclination to use hospice.

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