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deathbed phenomena

Scott Janssen
Nurses and other clinicians shouldn't explain away these often meaningful experiences.
September 2015: American Journal of Nursing
Kim Devery, Deb Rawlings, Jennifer Tieman, Raechel Damarell
BACKGROUND: Reports from patients on seeing or hearing a dead relative or dreaming a highly significant dream at the end of life can be perplexing for health professionals who may wonder how best to respond. AIM: The aim of this study was to systematically review the literature on deathbed phenomena (DBP), and provide suggestions for a clinical response to dying patients' recounts of these hard-to-explain phenomena. METHODS: The authors searched for relevant studies which reported on DBP within a palliative care context...
March 2015: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
Peter Fenwick, Hilary Lovelace, Sue Brayne
Many cultures have reported end-of-life experiences (ELEs) as part of the dying process. However, few studies have examined the mental states of the dying in the weeks and days before death. Following an ELE pilot study with a palliative care team, 38 nurses, doctors and end-of-life carers from two hospices and a nursing home took part in a 5-year retrospective followed by a 1-year prospective ELE study. Interviewees' reports (first-hand and second-hand accounts from relatives, patients and residents) suggested that ELEs are not uncommon...
September 2010: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
April Mazzarino-Willett
Dying patients and their caregivers frequently experience that which is known as deathbed phenomena, that is, visions of past deceased relatives or friends, religious figures, and a visionary language pertaining to travel. Collective research supports mounting evidence that deathbed visions typically yield peaceful deaths. Yet within the literature, numerous hospice patients experience the symptoms of terminal restlessness and frequently succumb to anguished deaths. Why are some patients and caregivers guided by peaceful deathbed phenomena and others are not? Does a relationship exist between the lack of deathbed phenomena and the onset of terminal restlessness in dying patients? This clinical paper intends to answer these questions and might elucidate the factors that contribute to a dying patient's death ending as either a peaceful event or the one affected by terminal restlessness...
March 2010: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Sue Brayne, Chris Farnham, Peter Fenwick
Anecdotal evidence suggests that death may be heralded by deathbed phenomena (DBP) such as visions that comfort the dying and prepare them spiritually for death. Medical practitioners have been slow to recognize DBP, and there has been little research into the spiritual effect that DBP have on caregivers or on how these phenomena influence their work. A pilot study looking into the occurrence of DBP was conducted by the palliative care team at Camden Primary Care Trust. Interviews revealed that patients regularly report these phenomena as an important part of their dying process, and that DBP are far broader than the traditional image of an apparition at the end of the bed...
January 2006: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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