Individuals who are dying appreciate the use of humor. (Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 78. CE Express.); Hearth, K. A. Humor’s role in terminal illness. In K. Buxman & A. Lemoine (Eds.), Nursing Perspectives on Humor. Staten Island, NY: Power Publications, 1995.)

A study in hospice settings showed that humor was more often initiated by the patient than by the nurse. Humor helped patients explore new coping skills, ways of looking at their situation, and gaining some element of control. (Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 78-79. CE Express.)

Individuals who are dying still want to be part of life for a long as they can. Humor is natur’e way of providing a perspective on a situation and allowing individuals to rise above it. (Klein, A. The Healing Power of Humor. CA”J.p. Tarcher, 1989. The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Dying. NY:J.p. Tarcher/p:utnam, 1998. How Can You Laugh at a Time Like This? Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, 2001)

Unfortunately, the American cultural view that death is a negative experience to be fears, makes the use of humor during death and dying uncommon. Humor can help individuals who are dying feel “like a real person again.” (Schwartz, Enid A., RN, MA, MC. Infusing Humor into Healthcare. p 78-79. CE Express.)

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