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Final Paper

Scaffold your paper around the following outline:

Title Page  

Introduction (half page)

  • Describe the paper’s overall thesis.
  • Provide an overview of main poin01t.

Learning about Death

  • Describe Americans’ avoidance of death and dying.
  • Discuss research findings regarding perceptions of death from birth to 12 years of age.
  • Examine the death taboo with respect to elderly.

Facing Death 

  • Describe the five stages of the dying process, as described by Kubler-Ross’s stages of the dying process.
  • Based on the discussions in the textbook, evaluate what is considered to be an “appropriate death”?


  • Describe how a patient’s death represents a failure to a physician, how can medical schools assist in creating an attitude of acceptance of death as the final stage of growth?
  • Evaluate the film A Death of One’s Own (Links to an external site.) (2000). Evaluate the controversial nature of the film and the challenge some dying American’s may face.
  • Discuss what is meant by “patient-centered” care?
  • Discuss palliative care, and how is it related to hospice care? How does it differ from the treatment given by most acute care hospitals?
  • Discuss hospice care? How does it differ from the treatment given by most acute care hospitals? Identify the major functions of a hospice program.
  • Discuss issues related to the family as a unit of care in hospice programs. How do hospices try to achieve quality of life for each “patient” they serve? How does the interdisciplinary hospice team concept help accomplish this?
  • In your opinion, are the negative aspects of hospice care? How would you suggest they be rectified?


  • In the film, The Suicide Tourist (Links to an external site.) (2010), discuss the struggle for the family to support the patient’s wishes.
  • How does one balance dying and dignity?
  • In the end of the film suicide tourist did the patient die the way he wanted?

Grief and Loss

  • Describe the seven stages of grieving can be applied to losses through divorce, moving from one place to another, or the amputation of a limb (arm or leg).
  • Evaluate what might cause children to react differently to the death of a grandparent?


Separate Reference Page

The Final Paper

  • Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph (Links to an external site.).
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion (Links to an external site.) that reaffirms your research findings
  • Must use at least eight scholarly sources, including a minimum of three from the Ashford University Library. Be sure to integrate the information from your sources instead of simply inserting it.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources Preview the documenttable offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
    • While your textbook can be utilized as a source, it does not count towards your eight sources for this assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • Must include a separate references page (Links to an external site.) that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
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