Title

The important role for nurses in supporting the Asian Hindu patient and family at end of life: providing culturally sensitive end-of-life care.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Canadian oncology nursing journal = Revue canadienne de nursing oncologique

Volume

21

Issue

1

First Page

46

Last Page

49

Keywords

article, Asian, Asian Continental Ancestry Group, attitude to death, cultural competence, Cultural Competency, Hinduism, human, human relation, Humans, neoplasm, Neoplasms, Nurse-Patient Relations, nurse patient relationship, nursing, organization and management, Professional-Family Relations, religion, terminal care

Abstract

As cultural ecology of Canada evolves with daily arrival of new immigrants, Canadians welcome them and feel very proud of preserving their multicultural heritage. As minority groups, especially South Asian Hindus, continue to grow, there is a need to understand their cultural perspectives and accommodate their cultural preferences for end-of-life care. This article addresses end-of-life care from a point of view of Hindu culture and religion and provides a brief overview of their beliefs and rituals related to it. This article also guides nurses to understand diverse Hindu cultural practices and beliefs to help support their patients and families at this difficult time of life.

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