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Selected publications by Laura M. Funk. If you wish to read an article that is not open access, please email


Funk, L.M. (2015). Sociological Perspectives on Aging (Themes in Canadian Sociology Series). P. Albanese & L. Tepperman, Series Editors. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles (Selected First-Authored)

Funk, L.M., & Hounslow, W. (2019). The emotional landscape of accessing formal supports. International Journal of Care and Caring. [Advance online publication at]

Funk, L.M., Stajduhar, K.I., Giesbrecht, M., Cloutier, D., Williams, A., & Wolse, F. (2019). Applying the concept of structural empowerment to interactions between families and home-care nurses. Nursing Inquiry. [Advance online publication at]

Funk, L.M.,& Outcalt, L. (2019). Maintaining the ‘caring self’ and working relationships: a critically informed analysis of meaning-construction among paid companions in long-term residential care. Ageing and Society. [Advance online publication at]

Funk, L.M., Herron, R., Spencer, D., Dansereau, L., & Wrathall, M. (2019). More than ‘petty squabbles’ – developing a contextual understanding of conflict and aggression among older women in low-income assisted living. Journal of Aging Studies, 48, 1-8. []

Funk, L.,& Hounslow, W. (2019). How formal navigators interpret their roles supporting families. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 20(1), 10-19.

Funk, L.M., Dansereau, L., & Novek, S. (2019). Carers as system navigators: Exploring sources, processes and outcomes of structural burden. The Gerontologist, 59(3), 426-435.

Funk, L.M., Peters, S., & Roger, K.S. (2018). Caring about dying persons and their families: Interpretation, practice and emotional labour. Health and Social Care in the Community, 26(4), 519–26.

Funk, L.M., Peters, S., & Roger, K.S. (2017). The emotional labor of personal grief in palliative care: Balancing caring and professional identities. Qualitative Health Research, 27(14), 2211–21.

Funk, L.M, & Roger, K.S. (2017) Implications of the shifting landscape of residential care for volunteers’ lived experiences and role involvement. Ageing International, 42(1), 44–61.

Funk, L.M.,& Kobayashi, K. (2016). From motivations to accounts: An interpretive analysis of ‘Living Apart Together’ relationships in mid- to late- life. Journal of Family Issues, 37(8), 1101–22.

Funk, L.M.,Stajduhar, K.I., & Outcalt, L. (2015). What family caregivers learn when providing care at the end of life: A qualitative secondary analysis of multiple datasets. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13,425–33.doi:10.1017/S1478951513001168

Funk, L.M. (2015). Constructing the meaning of filial responsibility: Choice and obligation in the accounts of adult children. Families, Relationships, and Societies, 4(3),383–399.

Funk, L.M. (2013). Home health care and family responsibility: A critical discourse analysis of talk and text. Healthcare Policy, 9 (Special Issue),86–97.

Funk, L.M., Waskiewich, S., & Stajduhar, K.I. (2013-2014). Meaning-making and managing difficult feelings: Providing front-line end of life care. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 68(1), 23–43.

Funk, L.M., Chappell, N.L., & Liu, G. (2013). Associations between filial responsibility and caregiver well-being: Are there differences by cultural group? Research on Aging, 35(1),78–95.

Funk, L.M.,& Stajduhar, K.I. (2013). Analysis and proposed model of family caregivers’ relationships with home health providers and perceptions of the quality of formal services.Journal of Applied Gerontology, 23(5), 318–28.

Funk, L.M.,Stajduhar, K.I., Cohen, R., Heyland, D., & Williams, A. (2012). Legitimizing and rationalizing in talk about satisfaction with formal health care among bereaved family members. Sociology of Health and Illness, 34(7), 1010–24.doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01457.x

Funk, L.M. (2012). ‘Returning the love,’ not ‘balancing the books’: Talk about delayed reciprocity in supporting ageing parents. Ageing and Society, 32(4), 634–54.

Funk, L.M., Stajduhar, K.I., & Purkis, M.E. (2011). An exploration of empowerment discourse within home care nurses’ accounts of practice. Nursing Inquiry, 18(1), 66–76.

Funk, L.M., Stajduhar, K., & Cloutier-Fisher, D. (2011). Exploring family caregivers’ rationales for nonuse of formal home health services when caring for a dying family member. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 23(5), 318–28.

Funk, L. (2010). The interpretive dynamics of filial and collective responsibility for aging parents. Canadian Review of Sociology,47(1), 71–92.

Funk, L.M. (2010). Prioritizing parental autonomy: adult children’s accounts of feeling responsible and supporting aging parents. Journal of Aging Studies, 24(1), 57–64.

Funk, L.M.,Stajduhar, K.I., Toye, C., Grande, G., Aoun, S., & Todd, C. (2010). Part 2: Home-based family caregiving at the end of life: A comprehensive review of published qualitative research (1998-2008). Palliative Medicine, 24(6), 594–607.

Funk, L.M.,Allan, D.E., & Stajduhar, K.I. (2009). Palliative family caregivers’ accounts of health care experiences: the importance of ‘security.’ Palliative and Supportive Care, 7, 435–47.

Funk, L.M.& Kobayashi, K. (2009). ‘Choice’ in filial care work: Moving beyond a dichotomy. Canadian Review of Sociology, 46(3), 235–252.

Funk, L.M.& Stajduhar, K.I. (2009). Interviewing family caregivers: Implications of the caregiving context for the research interview. Qualitative Health Research, 19(6), 859–67.

Funk, L.M.,Allan, D.E., & Chappell, N.L. (2007). Testing the relationship between involvement and perceived neighborhood safety: A multinomial logit approach. Environment and Behavior, 39(3), 332–51.

Funk, L.M.(2004).Who wants to be involved? Decision-making preferences among residents of long-term care facilities.Canadian Journal on Aging, 23(1), 47–58.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Contributions

Funk, L.M.(in press) Fictive kin. In Gu, D., and Dupre, M. (Eds.,) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Publishing.

Funk, L.M.(in press) Caregiver identity. In Gu, D., and Dupre, M. (Eds.,) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Publishing.

Funk, L.M.& Kobayashi, K. (2011). “Choice” in unpaid intimate labour: adult children with aging parents. In: Benoit, C., and Hallgrímsdóttir, H.K. (Eds.), Valuing Care Work:Comparative Perspectives on Canada, Finland, and Iceland.Pp. 171–92. Toronto, ON:University of Toronto Press.

Other Publications and Reports

Funk, L.M. (2019). Fictive kin. In Gu, D., & Dupre, M.E. (Eds.,) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Publishing, Cham.

Funk, L.M. (2019). Caregiver identity. In Gu, D., & Dupre, M.E. (Eds.,) Encylopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Publishing, Cham.

Funk, L., & Obedzniski, K. (March 26, 2019). Caregiver Recognition Act falls through cracks. OpEd published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Funk, L. (April 3, 2018). It’s time to care for the caregivers. OpEd published in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Funk, L.M.(Jan 18, 2018). ‘It’s so good that you’re looking after them’: Encouraging critical reflection on the work of affirming valued identities in older adults and their carers. International Network for Critical Gerontology.Blog post available at:

Funk, L. (April 6, 2017) Why we don’t need a ‘Caregiver Recognition Day.’ OpEd published in Winnipeg Free Press. Reprinted in Victoria Times Colonist; Windsor Star; Vancouver Province; Huffington Post; Hamilton Spectator; Waterloo Region Record; Shoreline Weekly Tucumseh; Ottawa Life. Archived at

  • An updated, French-language translation was released in 2018: “Nous n’avons pas besoin d’une Journée nationale des proches aidants” in Huffington Post March 25, 2018)

Funk, L.M. (2012). Shared responsibility? Family caregivers and home care nurses. Canadian Nurse, 108(6), 52.

Funk, L.M.(2012). Manitoba Caregiver Consultation Final Report. Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, Ministry of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs. Winnipeg, MB. 44 pages. Available at:

Funk, L.M. (2011). Book Review of Generations: The Time Machine in Theory and Practice, by J.A. Burnett. Canadian Journal on Aging, 30(2), 303–6.