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Planning for the actual death 

Planning for the actual death
Planning for the actual death

Patricia Berry

and Julie Griffie

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date: 04 December 2021

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.

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