Life is a journey, death is the final frontier. These are clichés, yet the metaphorical language they draw upon is worth attending to when we encounter them. Movement is present whether we find ourselves at the bedside of a dying loved one or are confronted with managing our own grief in the wake of a death. This essay uses the text Gone from My Sight as a road map for thinking about migration in dying and argues that rather than dismiss language about travel or visitors, it should be taken seriously when one is with the dying or those experiencing grief.
Traveling to a New City: Migration, Dying, and Death
Jillian A. Tullis is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. I am indebted to the dying individuals, their families, and the clinical staff who have shared their precious time with me. They have been some of my best teachers. Many thanks to Jill Munyan, Kent Brintnall, and Devika Chawla for their feedback on this manuscript. Correspondence to: Jillian A. Tullis, Department of Communication Studies, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jillian A. Tullis; Traveling to a New City: Migration, Dying, and Death. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2019; 8 (1): 66–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2019.8.1.66
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