Coping with Death Essay

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Student: Karen Highton Student ID: U1051975 Module: HIN 1040 Nursing Concepts and Evidence Based Practice Title: Nursing Concept of Coping with Death Module Leader: Caroline Barker DATE: 6th August 2012 To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die. ~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground" Nursing Concept of Coping with Death and Dying This assignment is a research based literature review on the concept of coping with death and dying. A range of research articles will be evaluated and critiqued, the results will then be applied to nursing practice. It will also include the definition of coping. The databases used to retrieve the research pieces were Cinahl, Summon, RCN Journals, PubMed and Science Direct; all were accessed for the search engine, Summon, (Huddersfield University, 2011). They are qualitative pieces of research. Qualitative research seeks out the ‘why’ of its topic and focuses on emotions and feelings (QRS International, 2011) and it can therefore be concluded that this methodology is suitable for the question the researchers of all studies are trying to answer. By submitting the question ‘How do people cope with death and dying?’ and using the keywords coping, nurses, patients, death, coping strategies, bereavement, three articles were discovered therefore shall be used in this essay. Also the tool ‘critical appraisal skills programme’, (CASP, 2006) was utilised in order to review all the articles found. According to Lazarus and Folkman (1984) cited in Whitehead et al, (2008) pp. 84-89, coping is defined as “constantly changing cognitive and behavioural efforts to manage specific external and/or internal demands that are appraised as taxing or exceeding the resources of the person”. However, coping strategies will differ with each person as it will depend on the individuals’ nature, type of encounter and the level of importance. It

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