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Death and Dying: A Healthcare Perspective

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This article discusses the healthcare perspective on death and dying, including the importance of palliative care, improving quality of life, and close communication with patients. The role of healthcare professionals, especially nursing professionals, is highlighted in dealing with symptoms and empowering patients to make informed decisions. References are provided.
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Death is one such incident that every individual needs to face. Being a health care professional, Iexperience death and dying people almost every day. However, the conception related to deathchanges with the culture and the religion. Irrespective of the view of death as well as the dyingprocess, handling the situation related to death and dying process is always difficult, especiallywhen someone is dealing with the death of family members , friends or near ones (Glaser &Strauss, 2017). In such cases, the individuals need to deal with a different level of spiritual andemotional difficulties.From the healthcare perspective, the death is viewed in a different way. The professionals, whenanalyze the death and dying process, they focus more on the concepts related to palliative care ,the concept of patients regarding euthanasia, the concept of graceful aging. In other words, thehealthcare professionals such as the nursing professionals usually consider that death is aninevitable incident (Cardona-Morrell & Hillman, 2015). However, it is necessary to ensure thatan individual is getting proper care at the dying stage as well. When an individual is sufferingfrom the serious illness, the palliative care ensures that the patient is living in the last stage of thelife with comfort. In case of palliative care, the healthcare professionals give importance onkeeping the patients free from the pain and stress of the illness. Improving quality of life is one of the areas on which the healthcare professionals emphasize on.The aim of palliative care is improving quality of life of the patients (McKean, 2016). Theserious illness often causes the symptoms like depression, pain, fatigue, shortness of breath,appetite loss, difficulty in sleeping and anxiety.The role of healthcare is important in this case.The healthcare professionals, especially the nursing professionals focus on dealing with thesymptoms of the individuals which cause distress among the patients. It helps the dyingindividuals to live in a comfortable manner. Close communication with the patients is another factor that the healthcare professionals giveimportance on. The close communication with the patients helps them to understand all thetreatment options available to them (Dineen, 2016). In the contemporary healthcare services, thepatients are empowered to take decisions regarding the medical intervention process. Closecommunication with the patients are effective to help them in making informed choices.2
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