I just had to mention this, thought it was curious. I saw in a nursing journal (UK) recently, a newly qualified nurse complaining that she had not been 'trained' to deal with passing on bad news to families or to deal with the death of her patient. I had a silent chuckle at this - no I laughed out loud
. I do not believe we can ever be trained to accept death, it is a very individual thing. I know nurses who hate the thought of entering the room of a dying resident never mind a deceased one. We all have our own views on death, how can that be taught? With regards to passing on bad news, again I believe everyone is individual, the appropriate way to pass on information to Mrs X is not the same as to Mr Y etc.
I think sometimes we cope better with death in LTC because we know our residents and their families, we know when they know that mum's time is up. Although it can be sad because unlike in an acute facility, we have that relationship with our resident - we miss them.
Lots of books of death and dying, I even went to a seminar conducted by a local funeral home, but until you face it, until Mr R dies in your presence - you just don't know how you will react.
On a broader note this opens the whole idea of integrating theory into practice. Not everything can be taught!