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End of Life Care - Chapter Summary
End of life care includes medical issues, but also has a strong personal component. If you would like to learn about relevant concepts and end of life care, you can watch the online video lessons in this chapter. You will learn about the process of dying as it pertains to patients as well as their families. You will also learn about historical trends and legal issues relevant to death and dying. Some of the topics you will learn about are:
- The stages of dying
- Dying with dignity
- The history and impact of the modern hospice movement
- End-of-life legal issues
- Mourning and grief across cultures
If you would like to jump to the main points of each lesson, you can use the helpful tags that bookmark the key moments in each video. You can also find complete transcripts of each video should you want hard copies of the lessons. The practice quizzes and final exam will help you test your understanding of these topics when you complete the chapter.
1. What Are the Stages of Dying? - Overview of Kubler-Ross's 5 Stages
Death, dying and the emotional responses one feels toward these topics are particularly challenging issues to address. Psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed stages of emotional responses to death and dying. This lesson will present those five stages and also discuss common criticisms of Kubler-Ross's theory.
2. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options
When a person is faced with a terminal illness, they sometimes want to control the timing and way that they die. In this lesson, we'll examine the dying with dignity movement, including physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.
3. The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects
The end of life can be a difficult time for people. In this lesson, we'll examine the modern hospice movement, including the holistic approach to dying, the history of the modern hospice movement, and palliative care.
4. Major End-of-Life Issues: Health Care Legal Planning
As people approach the end of their lives, decisions have to be made. Watch this lesson to find out more about important end-of-life issues, including having a health care proxy, creating a living will, and being an organ donor.
5. Mourning and Grief: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Grief is a normal reaction to losing a loved one, but people mourn their loss in different ways. In this lesson, we'll examine the difference between grief and mourning, as well as how different cultures approach mourning.
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