1. List normal feelings
    • sorrow
    • fear
    • anger
    • guilt or self-reproach
    • anxiety
    • loneliness
    • fatigue
    • helpessness/hopelessness
    • yearning
    • relief
  2. list normal cognitions (thought patterns)
    • disbelief
    • confusion or memory problems
    • problems w/ decision making
    • inability to concentrate
    • feeling the presence of deceased
  3. list normal physical sensations
    • headaches
    • nausea and appetite disturbances
    • tightness in the chest and throat
    • insomnia
    • oversensitivity to noise
    • sense of depersonalization ("nothing seems real")
    • feeling SOB, chocking sensation
    • muscle weakness
    • lack of energy
    • dry mouth
  4. list normal behaviors
    • crying and frequent sighing
    • distancing from people
    • absentmindedness
    • dreams of deceased
    • keeping the deceased's room intact
    • loose of interest in regular life events
    • wearing objects that belong to the deceased
  5. Cultural considerations in care of body after death: African Americans
    • prefer having member of HCT clean and prepare deceased body
    • relatively short mourning w/ memorial service and a public viewing of the body before burial
    • organ donation and autopsy allowable
  6. cultural consideration in care ofthe body after death: Chinese
    • family usually stays w/ deceased for up to 8 hours after death
    • oldest son/daughter bathes the body under direction from older relative or temple preist
    • body should remain intact= organ donation and autopsy uncommon
  7. Cultural consideration in care of the body after death: Hispanics/Latino
    • central focus extended family
    • family members may help care for body
    • organ donation and autopsy uncommon, but not prohibited
  8. cultural consideration in care of the body after death: native americans
    • care of the body in large Navajo tribe includes cleansing, painting deceased face, dressing in clothing, and attaching an eagle feather to symbolize a return home
    • mourners also have ritual cleansing or their bodies
    • burial sites are on deceased homeland
  9. cultural consideration in care of the body after death: islamic
    • body is ritulistically washed, wrapped, cried over, prayed for, and buried
    • non-muslims should not touch the body!
    • islamic law forbid cremation, because body contiunes after death
    • modesty is important (same sex health care provider is necessary)
    • autopsies not allowed
    • organ donation sometimes allowed
  10. cultural consideration in care of the body after death: asian cultures, budhist faith
    • recommend not touching body after death to give deceased smoother transition
    • minimize emotional expressions and maintain a peaceful, compassionate atmosphere
    • persons often say prayer while touching and standing behind deceased head
  11. Cultural consideration in care othe body after death: Jewish
    • no preperation of the body until its knwon whether members from the Jewish burial society are coming to the facility
    • family member may stay w/ body until burial, which occurs w/in 24 hours but not on sabbath
    • families participate in mourning period during which grief is expressed openly and in keping w/ ritual
    • in some but not judaism, cremation, autopsy, and embalming are avoided
Card Set
symptoms of normal grief+ cultural considerations