PSYC290N – Lifespan Development
Required ResourcesRead/review the following resources for this activity:
InstructionsAs we explored this week, late adulthood is a dynamic, rich time of life with many transitions and times of both growth and loss. One of the most profound experiences in late adulthood is that of death and dying both our own death and the loss of loved ones. In our readings this week, we learned about how important cultural contexts are in understanding the death and dying process. As current/future healthcare professionals, having an understanding of how others process death and grief is key to being able to provide quality support and care. For our final assignment for this class, you will be reflecting on the following scenarios.
Part I: Imagine you are 77 years old. You have lived a happy, fulfilling life, but have recently learned you have terminal cancer and are reflecting on how you want to spend your last few months and what you would like for your final wishes. In 1-2 pages, describe what you would like this last chapter of your life to look like. Consider:
Part II: Imagine you are a nurse, social worker, hospice volunteer or other healthcare professional working with a 77-year-old terminal cancer patient who is struggling with her end of life decisions. She is stoic and hard-working. Her culture values privacy and independence. She doesnt wish to burden her family and so changes the subject anytime her children try to broach the topic of her final wishes, taking care of her house/pets, her will, etc. She becomes uncomfortable anytime you or other care providers ask to discuss her wishes on things such as DNR orders, religious wishes, or final arrangements. Her children are concerned about her and are worried they dont know how to best fulfill her wishes and are imploring you to help. In 1-2 pages, consider:
Remember, as you reflect on these topics, connect your own experiences and ideas to the theory and research we are learning about in class, referencing your text and at least two other sources.
NOTES ABOUT ME THAT MAY HELP THIS ASSIGNMENT: Black/African American, Female – Born and raised in a micropolitan in the southeastern part of Alabama in the Southern United States also known as the Wiregrass Region – Religious Preference is Baptist but grew up with diverse familial influences of non-denominational, Holiness, COGIC, and Catholic – My family and cultural heritage view death as a time to celebrate the life of a loved one and typically includes a wake, stories about our loved one, laughter, etc. We view funerals as a time to be very emotionally expressive about our loss. However, it has been acceptable and known to cremate loved ones due to financial strain or burdens. Communication is open and tends to follow the path of what is known personally about the individual to best respect or accommodate their wishes. – Review and apply as necessary the cultural competence of Black/African Americans.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
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