Characteristics of the Dying Process & Overview of Symptom Management


GOAL: To provide staff/volunteers with basic knowledge of pain and symptom management as well as ways to recognize signs of the dying process to support their work with the patient and family.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this session, the participant should:

  • Understand what is meant by palliative care.
  • Understand pain as being subjective and unique to each person.
  • Be aware of common drugs to control cancer pain
  • Be aware of possible non-drug treatments to enhance pain and symptom control.
  • Understand that proper pain and symptom control gives the patient control and dispels feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Recognize that proper pain and symptom control can facilitate meaningful growth for patients and their families.
  • Be able to identify some signs of impending death.


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