The need for innovation in deathcare leadership
International Journal of Public Leadership
Article publication date: 2 November 2020
Issue publication date: 4 February 2021
The purpose of this viewpoint essay is to examine deathcare leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend innovations to employ a more human-centric approach.
This viewpoint essay uses scholarly and popular literature to explore deathcare practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to identify limitations of existing mass fatality management policies.
Deathcare leadership in the USA lacks a human-centric approach. Rationalistic mass fatality management during COVID-19 left families struggling with grief and mourning because many burial rituals could not take place. This essay suggests a humanistic approach to death management through leadership innovations as a remedy to this problem. Such leadership innovations can improve responses to deathcare during this ongoing pandemic and future public health emergencies.
This essay offers practical improvements to make deathcare more human-centric.
Entress, R.M., Tyler, J., Zavattaro, S.M. and Sadiq, A.-A. (2021), "The need for innovation in deathcare leadership", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 54-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-07-2020-0068
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