How to care for a patient after death in the community
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How to care for a patient after death in the community

Kathleen Greenway Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England
Paula Johnson Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England

Rationale and key points

This article provides nurses with information about how to care for a patient after death, and support their family and loved ones in the community setting.

Care after death involves supporting the family and significant others, and providing personal care to the patient.

It is important to ensure privacy, dignity and respect of the deceased and to recognise this is a sensitive and difficult time for families.

Staff undertaking care after death should be offered support.

Local and national guidelines should be followed.

Reflective activity

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Nursing Standard. 30, 37,34-36. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.37.34.s39

Correspondence

kgreenway@brookes.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 12 February 2016

Accepted: 26 February 2016