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Death and dying 

Death and dying
Death and dying

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

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date: 09 May 2021

An important aspect of nursing practice is caring for people in the last days and hours of their life, whether in a hospice, a clinical environment, or their own homes. Whilst death may be sudden and unexpected, or the anticipated result of an intractable health condition, the effective support of dying people and their families is an important aspect of nursing and care. The UK Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People describes key principles to guide nurses who are working with people and families at the end of life. This chapter discusses these principles and considers how they may be translated into general nursing practices. It also discusses the features of loss, grief, and bereavement, and how nurses may continue to support the bereaved after a person has died.

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