Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter you should be able to:

  • Discuss the ways in which death has been defined and end-of-life issues that may arise.
  • Contrast child, adolescent, and adult understandings of death.
  • Describe the physical and emotional process of death as it is experienced over the lifespan.
  • Discuss typical grief reactions to the loss of loved ones and the influence of development on bereavement.