The Experience of Loss, Death, and Grief in the Nursing Practice

The Experience of Loss, Death, and Grief in the Nursing Practice

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Facilitating the Grieving 1 Facilitating the Grieving Process during the Death of a Loved One Jennifer Herr Dr. Carol Lightner NR 120 Chamberlain College of Nursing March 24, 2009
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Facilitating the Grieving Process during the Death of a Loved One Introduction Everyone will at some time experience the death of a family member, friend, or co- worker. This traumatic experience can be extremely hard on children, teenagers, and adults. An adult can be shaken by the death of a parent, even though the death might have been expected and prepared for. The death of a spouse, especially if premature and unforeseen, can be a devastating blow and can cause serious problems for the couple’s children. Perhaps the hardest of all to deal with is the death of a child (The University of Iowa, 2000). The grief due to loss or death is difficult for most people to understand because they cannot quit believe it and the moment feels so surreal to them. Many people tend not to consider that their loved one has died until it is forced upon them. Although, loss and grief caused by death are experiences that not only affect the family but for the nurses who care for them as well. A nurse has a role in assisting client’s family and friends with problems related to loss, grief, and death as well as assisting to their own grieving moments during a patient’s death (The University of Iowa, 2000). Nurse’s must successfully accomplish their role in facilitating the grieving process by assisting the family and friends to feel the loss in a comforting way, understanding the effects of the loss on the family and friend with mourning, and the ability to cope and accept the emotional and physical barrier of death (Taylor, LeMone, Lillis, & Lynn, 2008, chap. 33). Providing care for the client in crisis from the loss or at the end of life is part of the nurse’s role in the grief process. This can help bring comfort to the family and friends even when all hope is lost.
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