Focus Topics

topic 4 | Activity 12: Support for Amy’s family at end of life

It is now three years on and Amy has entered the advanced stage of early onset probable Alzheimer’s. Dr Romano Sayer completed his training and is now a GP who works at a nearby clinic. Romano is Amy’s primary physician and has been overseeing her medical care for the past six months.

When it was obvious that Amy was not improving, a family meeting was held and with the assistance of an interpreter, Romano informed Mei and Erik that Amy’s health was declining and that she was entering the end stages of her life.

Amy died later that morning with Mei, Erik and Samantha by her bedside.

  1. What should be considered when preparing for the family meeting to support Erik and Mei for Amy’s death?
  2. Discuss various cultural ceremonies and rituals that may be practised around the time of a person’s death.
  3. What might be some of the reasons that Dr Sayer would use in the term ‘passed away’ rather than died?