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Selected publications by Laura M. Funk (for a fuller list see my Google Scholar page). If you wish to read an article that is not open access, please email


Funk, L.M. (2016). Sociological Perspectives on Aging (Themes in Canadian Sociology Series). P. Albanese & L. Tepperman, Series Editors. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article Publications (Selected)

Funk, L.M., Krawczyk, M., Cherba, M., Cohen, S.R., Dujela, C., Nichols, C., & Stajduhar, K. (2023). “The beauty and the less beautiful”: Exploring the meanings of dying at ‘home’ among community and practitioner representatives and advocates across Canada. Journal of Palliative Care and Social Practice, 17. doi:10.1177/26323524231156944 [Open Access]

Funk, L., Mackenzie, C., Cherba, M., Del Rosario, N., Krawczyk, M., Rounce, A., Stajduhar, K. & Cohen, S.R. (2022). Where would Canadians prefer to die? Variation by situational severity, support for family obligations, and age in a national sample. BMC Palliative Care, 21, 139. (Open Access).

Funk, L., Irwin, P., Kuryk, K., Lobchuk, M., Rempel, J., & Keefe, J. (2022). Home care program flexibility and client-centred care as a relational phenomenon. Social Science and Medicine – Qualitative Research in Health, 2, 100107 (Open Access).

Funk, L., Rounce, A., & Cherpako, D. (2021). Older adults’ and carers’ engagement in democratic governance in the context of system and government change. Journal of Aging and Social Change, 11(1), 81-97. Open access postprint at this link.

Funk, L., Spencer, D., & Herron, R. (2021). Making sense of workplace violence and victimization in health care work: the emotional labour of ‘not taking it personally.’ International Review of Victimology, 27(1), 94-110 [Online at].

Funk, L., Herron, R., Spencer, D., & Thomas, S.L. (2020). Aggression and older adults: news media coverage across care settings and relationships. Canadian Journal on Aging. Advance online publication].

Funk, L.M.,& Outcalt, L. (2020). 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, 40(7), 1511-28 []

Funk, L., Stajduhar, K.I., Giesbrecht, M., Cloutier, D., Williams, A., & Wolse, F.  (2020). Applying the concept of structural empowerment to interactions between families and home-care nurses. Nursing Inquiry, 27(1), e12313. Open access at:

Funk, L.M., & Hounslow, W. (2019). How do daughters interpret care work as a public issue? Exploring identity, emotion and discourse in the narratives of activist-inclined carers of older parents. Community, Work and Family. [Advance online publication]

Funk, L.M., & Hounslow, W. (2019). The emotional landscape of accessing formal supports. International Journal of Care and Caring, 3, 531-48.

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. Open access at:

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.

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Contributions (Selected)

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.,) Encylcopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Publishing, Cham.

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 (Selected)

Funk, L. (2021). Supporting caregivers and caregiving in an aging Canada. In Rootman, I., Edwards, P., Levasseur, M., & Grunberg, F., (Eds), Promoting the Health of Older Adults: The Canadian Experience. Canadian Scholars Press.

Funk, L. (2020). Public Policy: Older Adults. In Rounce, A. & Levasseur, K. (Eds), COVID-19 in Manitoba: Public policy responses to the first wave, Chapter 20. University of Manitoba Press.

Funk, L. (2019). Relieving the Burden of Navigating Health and Social Services for Older Adults and Caregivers. IRPP Study 73. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

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

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: