The On Being Born And Dying

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There are two things that you can count on in life: being born and dying. Everyone will experience death, which makes it inevitable part of human life. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 2,596,993 deaths. The death rates are approximately 821.5 deaths per 100,000 population, and the life expectancy is 78.8. Nurses tend to avoid the subject of death and dying, but fail to realize that death is a part of the holistic care that is promised to clients. In saying this, nurses must deal with their own death in order to help someone else cope with dying or death of a family member. The nurses must be compassionate and show empathy to help the client and the family cope. Spirituality is another…show more content…
As a nurse, you must understand the different types of death as well as the stages of grief in order to help the client as well as the family. According to Taylors, the different types of death include natural, sudden, and suicide. Natural death is when a person dies naturally like in their sleep from old age. This is expected. Sudden death is unexpected like when someone dies in a car crash. Suicide is when a person kills themselves. When understanding the stages of grief, the nurse should know that the stages don’t necessarily go in order. First is the denial stage. Denial is a coping technique that people use to protect themselves. An example of denial would be like a client saying “I’m not sick” or “I am not dying. The doctor does not know what he is talking about. I will get a second opinion.” Anger is the next stage, which is often directed at the family or healthcare members. Anger is when the client, family, or both are being rude. As the nurse, since you know that the client and the family are going through the grieving process, do not take the rudeness personal. Bargaining is making a deal with God to prolong life (Taylor). A patient might say, “Lord, if you save my life, I promise to go to church every Wednesday and Sunday.” Depression results from the loss experienced because of health care status and hospitalization. During the depression phase, the nurse might see a persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that
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