Depuis l’aube de la modernité, la mort est tendanciellement disqualifiée. Mort tabou, mort interdite, déni de la mort, les mots ne manquent pas pour évoquer la mort et son rejet.
Ce livre met en perspective le traitement contemporain de la mort au regard de la psychanalyse, en appui sur divers travaux d'historiens, de philosophes, en lien avec la littérature et à la lumière des expériences personnelles relatives à la mort. L’analyse des pratiques entourant la mort et leur abandon vient questionner la volonté de l’homme de la dépasser par la technique. Une des questions centrales porte sur la façon dont les sujets parviennent à composer avec le rejet de la mort, à inventer une solution somme toute personnelle pour composer avec la perte. Dans une époque marquée par la solitude et l’érosion du vivre ensemble, la mort aujourd’hui nous réduit irrémédiablement à une affaire personnelle.
Background: Little attention has been paid to the ways in which nurses personally experience, understand and assign meaning to providing palliative care.
Aim: A qualitative study of four nurses working with patients in the terminal phase in a hospital in Mexico was conducted to understand their lived professional experiences and relationships with death.
Methods: Four interviews were analysed using the Greimasian actantial-semiotic model. Actants were categorised by narrative role and their actions were analysed. The grammatical features of the narration were also examined.
Findings: Nurses sought a good death for the patient, which they typically achieved, and spiritual peace for themselves, which they often did not. Nurses placed a high value on personal, social and professional recognition for their work. The philosophical themes affecting nursing as a vocation that emerged included life and death, truth and honesty and the role of God and the family. These professional values were often contradictory, and these dilemmas should be addressed in professional training and support.
BACKGROUND: Providing care for dying people and the death of patients are stressing situations faced by nursing students during their clinical practice. Learning about palliative care improves the management of emotions and the ability to cope when caring for patients in end-of-life processes. However, there is little knowledge on the effect of this learning on the students' perceptions of their own death.
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of a palliative care course on the thoughts of nursing students about their own death.
DESIGN: A qualitative, descriptive, and comparative study was conducted based on content analysis, administering an open-ended questionnaire on dying and death at the start and end of a palliative care course.
PARTICIPANTS: The study included 85 volunteers studying Palliative Care in the second year of their Nursing Degree at the University of Granada (Spain).
RESULTS: Students described their perceptions in more detail after the course, with more numerous code citations, and their post-course responses evidenced a reduction in anxiety about their own death and an increased recognition of the need to respect the decisions of patients for a dignified death.
CONCLUSIONS: Palliative care learning modifies the perception by nursing students of their own death and their understanding of a dignified death, which may enhance the care they deliver to patients at the end of life.
Previous research has linked death attitudes, palliative care self-efficacy, and attitudes toward care of the dying among nursing students and other nursing samples, but not among hospice nurses. The purpose of this study was to investigate these relationships among hospice nurses (N = 90). More positive attitudes toward care of the dying were associated with lower fear of death and death avoidance as well as higher neutral acceptance and escape acceptance, but not with approach acceptance. More positive attitudes toward care of the dying was associated with perceived capability to answer end-of-life concerns, but not with perceived capability to respond to end-of-life symptoms. Clinical interventions seeking to improve attitudes toward care of the dying among hospice nurses may be most effective by targeting death attitudes and improving self-efficacy in the area of discussing end-of-life concerns with patients.
PURPOSE: To explore the attitude of nursing professionals towards death.
DESIGN: Systematic qualitative review methods were used.
METHODS: A search was conducted in the PubMed, Web of Science, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), and CUIDEN databases. This study included 17 articles.
FINDINGS: Thirteen categories emerged, which were grouped into three themes: meanings and feelings during the dying process; coping strategies in the face of death; and the importance of training, experience, and providing a dignified death. In the different accounts of the participants, it was found that death had a large negative emotional impact on them, that the participants complained about the lack of previous training in the care of dying patients, and that avoiding these complex situations was one of the strategies most commonly used by professionals to face the death of a patient.
CONCLUSIONS: The lack of training in the basic care of terminally ill patients, as well as today's preconceived negative idea about death, both cause health professionals to experience situations of great stress and frustration resulting, on many occasions, in resorting to avoidance of these situations, thus preventing dying with dignity.
CLINICAL RELEVANCE: In this article, we explore the consequences of this process for nursing professionals, common coping strategies, and possible areas for improvement, such as the need for the training of nursing professionals in the care of terminally ill patients and their families.
BACKGROUND: Societal attitudes about end-of-life events are at odds with how, where, and when children die. In addition, parents' ideas about what constitutes a "good death" in a pediatric intensive care unit vary widely.
OBJECTIVE: To synthesize parents' perspectives on end-of-life care in the pediatric intensive care unit in order to define the characteristics of a good death in this setting from the perspectives of parents.
METHODS: A concept analysis was conducted of parents' views of a good death in the pediatric intensive care unit. Empirical studies of parents who had experienced their child's death in the inpatient setting were identified through database searches.
RESULTS: The concept analysis allowed the definition of antecedents, attributes, and consequences of a good death. Empirical referents and exemplar cases of care of a dying child in the pediatric intensive care unit serve to further operationalize the concept.
CONCLUSIONS: Conceptual knowledge of what constitutes a good death from a parent's perspective may allow pediatric nurses to care for dying children in a way that promotes parents' coping with bereavement and continued bonds and memories of the deceased child. The proposed conceptual model synthesizes characteristics of a good death into actionable attributes to guide bedside nursing care of the dying child.
BACKGROUND: Complex social and ethical debates about voluntary assisted dying (euthanasia), palliative care, and advance care planning are presently being worked through in many developed countries, and the policy implications of these discussions for palliative care are potentially very significant. However, community attitudes to death and dying are complex, multilayered, and contain many mixed messages.
METHODS: Participants posted comments in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on death and dying, entitled Dying2Learn. This provided an opportunity to explore societal and personal attitudes to wishes and beliefs around death and dying. For one activity in the MOOC, participants responded to a question asking them about "the best way to go".
RESULTS: Responses were subjected to thematic analysis, during which they were coded for conceptual categories. This analysis showed how acceptance of death as a natural and normal process, and as a shared event that affects a whole social network, may nonetheless be accompanied by deep reluctance to address the physical process of dying (i.e., "avoidant acceptance").
CONCLUSIONS: Our findings highlighted a desire for choice and control in relation to dying, which is a common element in discussions of both advance care planning and palliative care. This same focus may contribute to a perception that voluntary assisted dying/euthanasia is a necessary strategy for ensuring that people have control over their dying process. We discuss the paradox of individuals wanting to have control whilst preferring not to know that they are dying.
Introduction: Nurses play an important role in caring for dying patients. However, little is known about the attitude towards death of the registered nurses in China.
Materials and Methods: A knowledge, attitude, and the practice (KAP) survey using standardized questionnaires was conducted at eight teaching hospitals in Jiangsu Province, China. In total, 366 nursing interns were recruited and 357 turned in valid response. Data about the interns' demographic characteristics and their attitudes to death in five domains, including fear of death, death avoidance, natural acceptance, approach acceptance, and escape acceptance, were collected.
Results: Compared to the norms, the nursing interns had statistically significantly higher scores in the domains death avoidance, approach acceptance, and fear of death (14.9 vs. 11.1, 26.2 vs. 24.2, and 20.3 vs. 19.0, respectively); however, statistically significantly lower scores were in the domains natural acceptance and escape acceptance (18.4 vs. 22.0, and 13.6 vs. 15.1, respectively). Religious belief, experience of a deceased relative in family, death education, and family atmosphere of discussing death are positively associated with one or more domains of attitude towards death.
Conclusion: The positive attitude towards death and death education before clinical practice are helpful for nursing interns when they care for dying patients. In general, the scores of attitude towards death are at a moderate level in the surveyed Chinese nursing interns. The death education for nursing students needs to be reinforced in China.
CONTEXT: Death anxiety is common in patients with metastatic cancer, but its relationship to brain metastases and cognitive decline is unknown. Early identification of death anxiety and its determinants allows proactive interventions to be offered to those in need.
OBJECTIVE: To identify psychological, physical and disease-related (including brain metastases, cognitive impairment) factors associated with death anxiety in mNSCLC patients.
METHODS: A cross-sectional pilot study with mNSCLC outpatients completing standardized neuropsychological tests and validated questionnaires measuring death anxiety, cognitive concerns, illness intrusiveness, depression, demoralization, self-esteem, and common cancer symptoms. We constructed a composite for objective cognitive function (mean neuropsychological tests z-scores).
RESULTS: Study measures were completed by 78 patients (50% female, median age: 62 years (range:37-82)). Median time since mNSCLC diagnosis was 11 months (range:0-89); 53% had brain metastases. At least moderate death anxiety was reported by 43% (n=33). Objective cognitive impairment was present in 41% (n=32) and perceived cognitive impairment in 27% (n=21). Death anxiety, objective, and perceived cognitive impairment did not significantly differ between patients with and without brain metastases. In univariate analysis, death anxiety was associated with demoralization, depression, self-esteem, illness intrusiveness, common physical cancer symptoms, and perceived cognitive impairment. In multivariate analysis, demoralization (p<0.001) and illness intrusiveness (p=0.001) were associated with death anxiety.
CONCLUSION: Death anxiety and brain metastases are common in mNSCLC patients, but not necessarily linked. The association of death anxiety with both demoralization and illness intrusiveness highlights the importance of integrated psychological and symptom management. Further research is needed on the psychological impact of brain metastases.
A plethora of research exists about death and dying, particularly with regard to the prescriptive strategy on how teachers should address death in their classrooms. However, there is a gap in the literature about teachers' perceived preparedness to discuss a student's death in their classrooms. The following qualitative study used focus groups to explore teachers' experiences with and beliefs about death, dying, coping, student death, and preparedness to address student death in the classroom. Data were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Themes and subthemes for all research questions are presented and explained; some themes explored include teachers' views of death, death versus dying, initial and long-term coping, difficulties in addressing student death, the teachers' role after a student's death, feelings of being prepared versus unprepared to address student death in the classroom.
This study explored the death narrative in the late Qing dynasty as expressed in Chinese newspapers in the 19th century. Using textual analysis, this study identified three themes regarding death and dying during this period: euphemism of death, definition of “good death,” and Western influence on the death narrative. The study results of death narrative in the 19th century indicate the historical root of perception of death among the current Chinese people, which could help the development of a culturally sensitive hospice services for Chinese people in China and other countries by suggesting language use, patients approaching, and mental health intervention for the service providers and policy makers.
Introduction: Old age is usually the natural time for people to prepare for death, which may evoke various emotions ranging from acceptance to hostility.
Aim of the work: The study aimed at specifying various degrees to which elderly people accept death.
Material and method: The study employed the diagnostic poll method and an Inventory of the Attitude towards Death (IAD) poll questionnaire. The investigation was administered in a cohort of 150 people over 65 years of age living in Poland.
Results: The highest results were noted both for males and females on the "Value" scale (M = 4.94 and M = 4.96) and on the "Necessity" scale (M = 4.79 and M = 4.95). These two scales also had the highest values in the cohorts of city dwellers and country dwellers. A statistically significant difference (Z = 2.339, p = 0.019) was found in the "Necessity" dimension between investigated people with higher education and others. Furthermore, statistically significant differences were found in the following dimensions: "Mysteriousness", "Value", "Dread", "Tragedy", and "Absurdity". Comparing death dimensions in people with chronic illnesses and in those without such illnesses, meaningful statistical differences were noted in the "Necessity" dimension (t = 1.983, p = 0.049). However, analysing death dimensions in people who suffered because of a severe illness in a family member and respondents whose families were healthy, statistically significant differences were noted in the "Absurdity" dimension (t = 2.057, p = 0.041).
Conclusions: Sex, the place of residence, and death of a close person did not affect elderly people's acceptance of death. On the other hand, those suffering from chronic diseases were more aware of the inevitability of death. People without higher education were also more aware of the inevitability of death. Suffering of a serious disease of a close one considerably affected acceptance of death in the elderly.
Purpose: Burnout in nursing is a global phenomenon. Caring for dying patients could increase nurses' death anxiety. However, minimal information about oncology nurses' burnout and attitudes towards death in Chinese culture has been reported. This study aims to assess Chinese oncology nurses’ burnout, and its relationship with attitudes towards death.
Method: A cross-sectional design was used. A total of 279 oncology nurses from a cancer hospital in northern China were recruited using convenience sampling, and completed a survey containing a demographic form, the Death Attitudes Profile Scale and the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Descriptive statistics, independent t-test and one-way ANOVA, Pearson correlation analysis and multiple regression analysis were conducted to analyze data.
Results: An average of 73.1%–86.9% of oncology nurses reported moderate to high levels of burnout. Specifically, 48.7%, 45.4% and 65.1% of oncology nurses reported high levels of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment, respectively. Multiple regression analysis showed that fear of death, escape acceptance, younger age and participation of death education/training were significantly associated with emotional exhaustion ( p < 0.01), accounting for 22.0% of the variance; fear of death, escape acceptance, and neutral acceptance in total explained 17.8% of depersonalization; fear of death, escape acceptance and neutral acceptance accounted for 8.5% of personal accomplishment.
Conclusions: Oncology nurses with more positive attitudes towards death experience less burnout. Death education and death related training including discussion of personal attitudes towards death should be part of nursing education programs, which would in turn prevent oncology nurses from burnout.
Quand quelqu'un meurt, cela ne s'arrête pas là. Car la mort suscite la question universelle de savoir s'il y a quelque chose après la mort. Pour ceux qui perdent un proche, il y a un au-delà du décès. Il ne suffit pas de dire que le lien avec le disparu ne se termine pas avec le décès, ni que le deuil consiste en une identification. Mais ce que j'aimerais aborder, c'est non seulement que les morts continuent à vivre avec nous, mais, plus encore, que le survivant continue à faire vivre le mort.
Je me propose d'explorer cette idée à travers un certain nombre de vignettes cliniques et d'oevures artistiques.Il ne sera pas question spécifiquement de la mort dans son rapport au handicap, dont les différents cas de figure sont déployés dans cet ouvrage : mort de l'enfant, mort des parents pour les personnes handicapées, approche de la mort pour la personne handicapée elle-même, effets sur les équipes, etc. J'évoquerai d'une manière plus générale notre rapport à la mort, ou plutôt aux morts.
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Ce chapitre montre que la question de la mort impliquant une personne en situation de handicap pose fondamentalement la question des représentations du handicap et interroge la manière dont on parvient, plus ou moins facilement, à penser le sujet en situation de handicap spécifiquement, et les enfants plus généralement, comme des êtres pensants et appréhendant, à leur manière, la réalité et/ou la perspective de la mort d'un proche et/ou celle de leur propre mort.
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This study aims to investigate the relationship between death anxiety of the Turkish nurses and their attitudes toward the dying patient. This study involved 203 nurses who were working at a university hospital. The data were collected using “Nurse Information Form” (which was prepared by the authors of this research), “Thorson-Powell Death Anxiety Scale,” and “Attitude Scale about Euthanasia, Death, and Dying Patient.” There was a positive correlation between death anxiety and dying patient avoidance behavior and euthanasia score (p < .05). The findings showed that nurses, death anxiety, and death scores were high in the loss of a close relatives (p < .05). Our findings suggest that the situation of the dying patients and their families and also nurses should be improved. Thus, special psychological education/training should be given to the nurses to deal with death anxiety and their attitude to the dying patient.
This study has been conducted with the purpose of identifying the perceptions of palliative nurses about death and determining palliative care practices. We conducted qualitative interviews with 23 palliative care nurses in Turkey. Content analysis was used in the evaluation of the data. Three themes have been identified about perception of death. Furthermore, three themes have been identified about palliative care practices. It was concluded that the palliative nurses perceive death as a natural and inevitable process and that as long as their working period increases, they become desensitized. It was identified that the participants generally perform the following procedures in palliative care practices.
This study examines the prevalence of religiosity, death anxiety, and hope in a sample of New Zealand community hospice patients in the last 6 months of life. It explores the factors triggering distress or hope and examines whether religiosity is protective against death anxiety for this population. Early studies showed religious faith helps relieve death anxiety, but later work suggests this may only be the case in societies which are generally religious. Very little research has been conducted on this topic in New Zealand, from which recent censuses indicate is an increasingly secular country. If religion is not an important source of hope for dying, it is important to explore what factors do help relieve existential anxiety and to consider their clinical relevance. This study confirmed that organized religion was not a major support factor. Yet several people who declared themselves nonreligious scored highly for intrinsic religiosity and were among the most hopeful participants. This could suggest that spirituality may be more relevant than organized religion in relieving existential distress. The main source of hope for most participants was joyful memories and meaningful relationships. Fear of being a burden and of causing family suffering were the most significant causes of distress. Systematic spiritual assessment for all patients, not just those with a declared religious faith, a biography service, and psychotherapy, may all have a role in managing death anxiety at the end of life. Further work with larger and more diverse populations would be needed to confirm these findings.