Buddhism, death, end of life, nursing interventions, spirituality



  1. Smith-Stoner, Marilyn PhD, RN


Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism are rapidly increasing in the United States. The care they request at the end of life is different in many aspects from traditional end-of-life care. It is necessary for hospice professionals to understand these needs and prepare to care for Buddhist practitioners who may utilize their services. This article will describe how to use the nursing process to plan for their end-of-life care and suggest how each member of the hospice team can support the dying patient and bereavement needs of the family.