Families desire open, honest communication (Gauthier, 2008) on topics related to death, and they may request that they complete all the postmortem care.
Concerns about postmortem care may begin with a lack of specific experience during basic nursing education (Beattie, 2006).
Requirements for postmortem care are regulated by state laws.
Postmortem care is an important, regular, but understudied area of nursing practice.
Classroom lectures include "Communication," "Approaching Death," "Grief," "Culture," "Palliative Care," and "Death and Postmortem Care.
After the family has said their goodbyes, Jennalee provides postmortem care for Bessie.