Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.  - A. Sachs


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Death & Dying

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1. Re: Kubler-Ross, the 1st stage of dying is

•  bargaining.
 •  denial.
  •  anger.
   •  depression.

2. Re: Kubler-Ross, Ed is terminally ill. He thinks his friends don't care &
    his family is too overprotective. Ed is in the stage of

a bargaining.
b denial.
c anger.
d depression.

3. In terminally ill people, the emotional stage of acceptance is characterized by

a an absence of feeling.
b a strong fear of death.
c feelings of happiness.
d a feeling of trauma.

4. Today most physicians tell patients they are dying, if

a the patient has not made out a will.
b the patient asks directly.
c death will occur in a short period of time.
d the family whishes the patient be told.

5. A death without adequate pain medication is most likely:

a for those with chronic illnesses.
b when death is inevitable.
c for young adults in hospices.
d for the oldest old in nursing homes.

6. Young children who are dying need

a avoidance of emotional issues.
b constant companionship.
c the assurance they are not going to die.
d information about their condition.

7. A person who is designated to make decisions for a dying person is

a an attorney.
b a spouse or child.
c a proxy.
d a hospice worker.

8. A DNR order

•  can be used only by hospice workers.
 •  is not available for the terminally ill.
  •  is a request to postpone death.
   •  allows a natural death.

9. When medication that relives pain hastens death, its called

a double effect.
b terminal assistance.
c palliative death.
d the "old man's best friend".

10. Palliative care

a is the legal form of a living will.
b provides relief from physical pain.
c does not occur in a hospice setting.
d is not acceptable to most religions.

11. The function of hospice is to

a save the terminally ill.
b convince the dying to accept death.
c allow people to die in peace.
d segregate the dying from those who might recover.

12. The "unit of care" for hospice is

a the terminally ill person.
b the dying person and their family.
c every patient in a particular area of the hospice.
d a person who is willing to try experimental treatments.

13. An example of voluntary euthanasia is

a a patient's refusing to eat.
b not using a respirator.
c injecting lethal drugs.
d withholding pain-killing drugs.

14. Support for assisted suicide is highest among

a young white males.
b african-american females/
c females over age 50.
d low income males of all races.

15. The person who copes best with death is someone who

a avoids graveside visits.
b gets rid of mementoes & pictures.
c talks about experiences shared.
d puts life with the loved one out of mind.

16. Compared with younger adults who commit suicide, older adults who
       kill themselves are more likely to

a be socially isolated.
b have health problems.
c communicate warning signs.
d experience interpersonal losses.

17. Grief is __________ and mourning is __________.

a a behavioral response; an emotional response
b a family pattern; a cultural expression
c an emotional response; a behavioral response
d a family pattern; a cultural expression

18. The _______ stage of dying is sometimes skipped by persons over sixty.

a denial
b bargaining
c anger
d acceptance

19. Rose has been caring for her elderly mother who is dying from cancer. As
       her mother gets worse, Rose is likely to experience some

a grief work.
b grief panic.
c anticipatory grief.
d mourning.

20. In closed awareness of dying, awareness of impending death is limited to

a medical personnel.
b medical personnel, patient, & loved ones.
c medical personnel & loved ones.
d medical personnel & the patient.

21. Grief work involves

a the initial phase of bereavement.
b the planning of the funeral or memorial service.
c the transition from initial detachment to deep depression.
d the total cycle of bereavement, which lasts one year or longer.

22. Which of the following is the best example of a thirty-five-year-old having
       concerns about dying with "unfinished business?"

a Kyle wants to live until he gets to enjoy his retirement years.
b Kim doesn't want to die before her three children are grown and capable of
       taking care of themselves.

c Lilly always cleans her house thoroughly before going on a long trip
       because if she's killed in an accident she doesn't want anyone to deal with
       a messy house.

d When Kurt was seventeen, he wrote a list of a hundred things he wanted to
       do before he died and he is halfway through the list.

23. When dealing with chronic, terminal medical conditions, the option chosen
       most by elderly persons is

a strive to continue living.
b suicide or assisted suicide.
c do nothing to prolong life and minimize pain.
d ask physician or relative to make end-of-life decisions

24. Compared with younger adults, older persons

a talk less about death & fear death more.
b talk more about death & fear death less.
c talk more about death & fear death more.
d talk less about death & fear death less.

25. Ritual is to emotion as:

a affirmination is to loss.
b loss is to affirmination.
c mourning is to grief.
d grief is to mourning

26. Ed has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has been told he has six months to live. Ed signs a 2 year lease on a car. Which stage of dying is Ed in?

a bargining
b accepatance
c denial
d anger
e stupid

27. Our emotional reaction to the loss of a loved one is called

a grief
b bargining
c bereavement
d reality shock

28. The most intense emotional reactions to the loss of a loved one typically occur during which grief phase (RE: Bowlby, 1980; Parkes, 1986,1991; Rambo,1995)?

a shock
b impact
c confrontation
d accommodation

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