Perceptions of death change across the life span

Perceptions of death change across the life span

Perceptions of death change across the life span

Based on this week’s learning resources, discuss the following items:

How do perceptions of death change across the life span?

Explain the evolution and role of hospice and palliative care.

Describe the role of informal caregivers, including demographic and cultural considerations and the risks associated with caregiving.

Reflecting on the article and/or the video by Atul Gawande, what are some key considerations for end-of-life care?

An excellent response will be at least 3-4 paragraphs in length, using complete sentences and concise language. Please cite at least 3 of this week’s Learning Resources in your response.

Please be sure to use APA citations in your text and to include your reference list. When you refer to and/or discuss any resources, you need to include a citation for that source, such as: (Braincraft, 2015). For more info on APA style, visit the APA Citations and Style module in this online classroom.



READ: Kastenbaum, R. (n.d.). Definitions of death. Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. Retrieved from

READ: Kovacs & Fauri – Chapter 49: Formal and informal caregiving at the end of life. Handbook of Death and Dying.

READ: Brabant – Chapter 46: Death in two settings: The acute care facility and hospice. Handbook of Death and Dying.

READ: Leming – Chapter 47: The history of the hospice approach. Handbook of Death and Dying.

READ: Villet-Lagomarsino, A. (2016). Hospice vs. palliative care. Retrieved from

WATCH: Dowdy (2011). Community Nursing Services. Retrieved from

WATCH: PBS Frontline. (2015, Feb. 10). Being Mortal. Retrieved from

Alternative: If you prefer not to watch the PBS Frontline video, you can instead read the following:

Gawande, A. (2014, Oct. 6). No risky chances: The conversation that matters most. Slate. Retrieved from


READ: Kastenbaum, B. (n.d.). Hospice option. Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. Retrieved from

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