Learning Objectives

19.1 Identify the leading causes of death and patterns of mortality and life expectancy.

19.2 Examine definitions of death and end of life considerations.

19.3 Contrast views of death, including children’s, adolescents’, and adults’ understanding of death.

19.4 Discuss the physical and emotional process of dying as it is experienced over the lifespan.

19.5 Summarize typical grief reactions to the loss of loved ones and influences on the grief process.

19.6 Describe patterns of adjustment after bereavement.