Feelings on loss, grief, or death

Find a creative piece of art or literature (poem, short story, movie, or painting) that expresses feelings on loss, grief, or death. Reflect on the emotions being expressed and interpret the meaning this piece has for you as you promote a dignified, peaceful death for your elderly patients.

Be sure to address the following questions in your response:

  • How do the emotions and feelings expressed relate to any age, and how might they be similar or different to the loss and grief seen more commonly with advanced age?
  • Does this change your awareness or sensitivity to any aspect of “death and dying”? If so, how? If not, how does it reinforce previously held beliefs?
  • In what way are cultural or religious beliefs reflected in the artistic expression?
  • Can you think of specific practices you would like to see changed in your health care setting regarding the type of support given to patients and families through the “death and dying” experience?

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