Show Summary Details
Page of

Planning for the actual death 

Planning for the actual death
Chapter:
Planning for the actual death
Author(s):

Patricia Berry

and Julie Griffie

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0032
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 12 November 2018

The care of patients and families near to death and afterward is an important nursing function—arguably one of the most important things nurses do. At the end of life, nurses and other healthcare professionals often only have one chance to “get it right.” Assessment and aggressive management of symptoms must remain a priority, especially as death approaches. Goals of care inevitably change in rhythm with patient and family needs and wishes. Care of the body after death, including normalizing and interpreting postmortem changes and honoring rituals and individual requests, is critically important in communicating to family members and close others that the person who died was indeed important and valued.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.