Dying, Death, and Bereavement

Dying, death, and bereavement are experiences that will touch everyone’s lives. Comprehensive care that addresses the social, psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the individual, often referred to as “holistic care,” is a central tenet of care for the dying, and in particular, palliative care. Current thinking about bereavement is also shaped by acknowledging individual difference and variety in ways of grieving, characterized by fluidity rather than stages people move through. Available evidence shows that socially excluded groups have poorer access to end-of-life care, and it is increasingly acknowledged that more attention is required to address issues of cultural sensitivity. However, with some exceptions, acknowledging and researching diversity among dying and bereaved people is a neglected area in the literature. This diversity of experience ...

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