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Supporting family and friends as death approaches and afterwards

Carole Mula

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0007
Supporting family and friends as death approaches and afterwards

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This chapter discusses providing care before and after death. It is designed to guide health professionals to care for family and friends as the death of a loved one approaches, and to provide support immediately after the death. It deals with the events of bereavement and anticipatory grief and looks at the current risk management strategies. The latter half of the chapter focuses on preparing the family for the imminent death, saying goodbye, and viewing the dead. The chapter also discusses organ or tissue donation, the last offices done on a deceased patient, and the different medical and legal issues.

Keywords: health professionals; support; death; bereavement; anticipatory grief; risk management; last offices; legal issues; tissue donation

Chapter.  5386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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