This is a wonderful post about how hospice nurses handle death. I recently had an experience where I encountered death in one of my residents. I wasn’t working that shift, but I was working that morning. So when I went off shift, he was about 4 hours away from his last breath.
He was calm, and as far as we could make him, not in pain. Still, I’m not sure if he looked comfortable or simply resigned. He knew that death was coming. He knew that he couldn’t stop it or delay it or evade it. In nursing, this was my first death.