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Death and Dying

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the psychological, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of death and dying for older adults.
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What is grief? What are normal grief responses? What is involved in the final life transition--death? These are some of the questions that will be discussed in this course. The role of culture, palliative and hospice care, advance directives, and the role of spirituality in death and dying will be described. Interactions, healing strategies, and rituals that use the senses and bring comfort and peace for the dying will also be explored.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the grieving process.
  • Identify psychological responses, physical symptoms, social changes, and spiritual aspects of normal grief responses.
  • Describe the role of cultural and ethnic traditions in the grieving process.
  • Explain the psychologic, spiritual, social, and physical aspects of the process of dying for older adults.
  • Explain the purpose of advance directives.
  • Define and describe palliative care.
  • Identify and describe aspects of hospice care.
  • Differentiate between hospice and palliative care.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of dying at home.
  • List interactions and healing strategies for the dying.
  • Describe the use of the senses in rituals for the dying.
  • Examine spiritual dimensions of death and dying.

Loss is a normal part of life, and grief is the normal human response to loss. For the dying person, to die peacefully and to die with the knowledge that life has had meaning is important (Olsen & Keegan, 2013). Healthcare professionals can assist dying individuals and their families by incorporating physiological, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying into the care provided. A "healthy death" is the goal. A healthy death has been defined as a death that has positive benefits for the dying person and the dying person’s family, caregivers, and friends. Healthcare professionals can act as guides to help the dying person and his or her family members through this final life transition (Hancock, 2015).


Loss is a natural part of aging and life. According to Meiner (2014), transitional losses often associated with aging include retirement, moving from a lifelong home to a smaller home or senior living facility, changes in activity level, and moving from health to illness, from marriage to widowhood, and from extensive social networks to smaller circles of friends and relatives.

These losses are often viewed negatively by society, and successful aging requires coping with them. Death and dying are additional losses that accompany aging and they are often taboo subjects as well. However, life transitions such as death and dying can be a catalyst for great personal and spiritual growth if they are successfully managed.

Each person experiences grief differently, depending on his or her inner resources, support, and relationships (Doka, 2016; Olsen & Keegan, 2013). According to Feinstein and Mayo (1990), grief work has three characteristics:

  1. It furthers the healthy grieving process by encouraging ventilation, planning, and insight.
  2. It does not exploit others. The mourner has a healing team that provides comfort.
  3. Appropriate grief work cannot be rushed. It takes time to accept that death has occurred and to work through feelings. The individual who goes through the grief process may experience a sort of transformation from profound sadness to a sense of comfort.

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

March 18, 2021

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.