Rituals at End-of-Life

James C. Pace, Tyree S. Mobley

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Understanding the significance of rituals at the end-of-life enables health care professionals to offer meaningful and compassionate interventions that enhance quality of life and support those dying and those who grieve. Rituals contribute to the strength, capacity, and health of providers who cope with death events. Rituals help the living create continuing bonds with those dying, help with coping skills, and allow healthy growth through opportunities for naming, honoring, and memorializing. The display of respect and a nonjudgmental attitude create a space for support, trust, sharing of emotion, empowerment, and quality of care during end-of-life events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-487
Number of pages17
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Ceremonies
  • Child death
  • Deathbed
  • End-of-life
  • Perinatal loss
  • Rites
  • Rituals
  • Sacraments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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