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Ch 31: Dying and Bereavement in Older Adults

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Watch video lessons to learn about the processes of dying and bereavement as they're experienced by older adults. Each lesson covers one aspect of this challenging topic and includes an online self-assessment quiz.

Dying and Bereavement in Older Adults - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Losing a loved one can be an earth-shattering experience. Through this series of video lessons, you'll see how death, grieving and bereavement are handled, both by individuals and by various cultures. You'll also gain an understanding of the stages of dying, see how the hospice movement developed and be able to differentiate between mourning and grieving. At the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the five stages of dying
  • Recognize normal grief and abnormal grief
  • Discuss the relationship between the dying and their caregivers
  • Understand hospice care
  • Define the idea of dying with dignity

Video Objective
Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors Explain the concept of life expectancy and talk about what influences that calculation.
Definitions of Death Identify various kinds of death, including brain, clinical, cortical, psychic and social.
What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages Name the major stages of dying.
Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief Outline commonalities in people's experiences of grieving.
Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Describe the difference between mourning and grief; acknowledge how they're both carried out differently, depending on culture.
Normal vs. Abnormal Grief Responses Name typical and atypical reactions to the loss of a loved one.
Caring for the Dying: Caregiver Roles & Respite Services Discuss the role of a caregiver and the availability and use of respite care.
The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects Discuss what hospice is and how hospice care came to be, as well as how hospice has brought positive change to healthcare in general.
Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options Talk about the concept of 'dying with dignity' and outline the options that a terminal patient can take to end his or her life.
Legal Issues Involved in Death & Dying Understand common legal issues related to the dying process and death, such as patients' right to know.
Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance Recognize multiple perspectives on the issue of euthanasia.
Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning Identify and give examples of end-of-life issues like a living will and a healthcare proxy.
Reactions to Death Across the Life Span Learn about the concept of death anxiety, and how it changes from childhood to adulthood and later, older adulthood.

12 Lessons in Chapter 31: Dying and Bereavement in Older Adults
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

1. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

Life expectancy is the average length of time that an individual in society will live, whereas life span is the actual length of time that a specific individual lives. Learn about the definitions and factors of life expectancy and life span.

Definitions of Death

2. Definitions of Death

There are specific definitions of death in medical practice. Explore how to compare and contrast brain death and cortical death, clinical death and its major criteria, and two kinds of metaphorical death: psychic and social.

What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

3. What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed 5 stages of emotional responses to death and dying that revolutionized the care of terminal patients. Take a look at the overview of Kubler-Ross' 5 stages of dying, discover how was her approach to people facing death, and review the criticisms her theory received.

Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

4. Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

Upon facing the death of a loved one, one goes through stages of grief. Study the definition of bereavement, grief and mourning. Learn the attachment model of bereavement, four main reactions to death, and patterns of bereavement through the lifespan.

Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

5. Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Grief is a normal reaction to losing someone, but everyone mourns in their own way. Learn about the differences between grief and mourning and explore traditions practiced around the world from a cross-cultural perspective.

Uncomplicated vs. Complicated Grief Responses

6. Uncomplicated vs. Complicated Grief Responses

People have different reactions to the loss of a loved one, some of them are more adaptive than others. Learn about the grieving process and how people can react in different ways, and explore the distinction between uncomplicated and complicated grief, including risk factors for the latter.

Caring for the Dying: Caregiver Roles & Respite Services

7. Caring for the Dying: Caregiver Roles & Respite Services

As end-of-life approaches, caregivers and respite services play essential roles in providing comfort and care to older adults. Discover how these services care for the dying and then explore the role of self-determination care.

The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

8. The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

Hospice care focuses on the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of the terminally ill. Learn about the history and effects of hospice care, study the modern hospice movement, and explore the options of palliative care.

Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

9. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

There are a few different ways to die with dignity. In this lesson, look at the definition of what it means to die with dignity, including the options of through assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

10. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

Coping with death is emotionally and mentally painful, but through euthanasia, physical pain and suffering can be avoided. Learn the five stages of grief and acceptance, and explore the controversial debate surrounding euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

11. Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning

Major end-of-life issues may include preparing legal plans for the health care of an individual. Learn more about ways to ensure a person's wishes are followed via health care proxies, living wills, and organ donation.

Reactions to Death Across the Life Span

12. Reactions to Death Across the Life Span

As we age, our reactions to death change and mature. Review the definition of death, then explore how death anxiety and attitudes shift across the life span, including in adolescence, the teenage years and young adulthood, middle age, and late adulthood.

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