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Religious and cultural considerations

There are often religious and cultural considerations when caring for someone after death.

No two cultural or religious groups are exactly the same, and there are often different factions or sectors that have their own requirements. Consulting family and friends and caring for the deceased as an individual in a culturally sensitive way should be considered best practice. 

If the family inform you about any religious or cultural needs its important to share these with the team and document them as wishes if possible. This can help the family, as this means they won't need to tell all the different staff.

Nurses need to be aware that any person may have preferences for care after death that may not relate to religious or cultural needs. 


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Free Full Text Article  

Maddocks I. Rayner R. Issues in Palliative care for Indigenous Communities. Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 15;179(6 Suppl):S17-9.

Lickiss JN. Approaching death in Multicultural Australia. Med J Aust. 2003 Sep 15;179(6 Suppl):S14-6.


Last updated 27 August 2010*