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End of life care: nurses offer much-needed continuity amid often fragmented services

Nurses can take the lead in timely planning and multi-agency collaboration, says Marie Curie
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Nurses can take the lead in timely planning and multi-agency collaboration, says Marie Curie

Caring for someone and their family during their final weeks and days of life is both a privilege and a challenge.

We know there is only one chance of getting things right for everyone involved. The things that matter are central to the person’s experience – privacy, dignity, compassion, empathy, listening to what the person wants, being alongside when the person is in physical or emotional distress. Being aware of their spiritual and emotional needs as well as their physical requirements. This is person-centred care at its best.

We live in a society where we don’t readily talk about death and dying. Generally, people are frightened about talking about it, and as a result, family members are not well prepared and clear about what is important –

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