The End of Life: Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss

Case Study, Chapter 14, The End of Life: Death, Dying, Grief, and Loss

Mindy, a 55-year-old elementary school teacher, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She is admitted to the hospital for surgical intervention and after surgery learns that there was not success in removing the entire tumor. She has been given a prognosis of less than 1 year to live. Upon entering the room to perform an assessment the nurse hears Mindy yell “get out; you are just making me mad! Why can’t you leave me alone?” The nurse knows that Mindy is experiencing grief. (Learning Objectives 5,6)

1.        What are the five stages of grief and loss? Explain

2.        What stage of grief is Mindy currently experiencing and what interventions would be helpful for this client?

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