Date of Award

Summer 1979

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe phenomena related to having a terminal illness. The subject was followed for eight and one half months from the time the metastasis was diagnosed until her death. Notation of all nurse-patient and nurse-family interactions were made after each of the sixty visits. With the use of content analysis, six phenomena were identified. In their order of frequency, they were denial, pain, anxiety, hope, growth, and the Liebesleben Fantasy.

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