H. END-OF-LIFE CARE

160. The answer is b.

She may be suffering prolonged grief distress, which is a severe reaction to loss and may manifest itself as psychopathologic bitterness toward the loss. The nurse should be able to identify and recommend referrals for abnormal types of grief. It is therapeutic to review a person’s life with a loved one. Listening to a family member share stories of their life with the loved one honors the meaning of their relationship and their life together. Funeral planning can be therapeutic and facilitate someone’s loss as they do one last thing in a special way for their loved one. Delegating responsibilities that can be overwhelming or too painful might actually be an indicator of the grieving party being aware ...

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