Asking for Hospice Nurses Expertise and Help

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I am a new hospice RN how do I approach a family about burial arrangements when they tell me they are not ready to talk about this now yet the patient is declining?

    Dear New Hospice Nurse,

    I am crowd sourcing your question in hopes some hospice nurses can help out here

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth
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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Why do they have to talk about burial arrangements when the patient is still alive? Seems like it can wait.
  4. by   Katillac
    It's important to wait until they're ready, even if that means after the patient dies. When I have a case like this, I bring it up again gently when the patient is actively dying and I've talked with the family about the significance of what we're seeing. Sometimes I tell families that as hard as it may be to think about the end now, immediately after a loss it can be even more difficult to make choices and plans, but that it's entirely up to them.
  5. by   amoLucia
    Maybe discussing the use of pulling in the services of clergy as a comfort measure for the pt (if they wish) might open the door???