It is important for allied health care professionals to understand and be able to evaluate the death, dying, and spiritual beliefs and practices across the cultures. Learners will identify your role as a health care professional with respect to each culture’s dying rituals. Additionally, learners will learn strategies for displaying respect while still providing quality care.
Read chapter 4, “Stories of Abby: An Ojibwa Journey” and chapter 14, “Stories of Shanti: Culture and Karma,” by Gelfland, Raspa, and Sherylyn, from End-of-Life Stories: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries (2005), available in the GCU Library at
Choose one of the case studies listed above (“Stories of Abby” or “Stories of Shanti”) and develop a care plan describing how you would approach the situation and care for the patient. Review the “Care Plan” template prior to beginning.
The following components must be included in the care plan:
1. Communication: family and patient
2. Treatment options that align with the specific culture
3. Education: family and patient
4. Family roles in the process
5. Spiritual beliefs
7. Cultural responses
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