Open Access Opinion

Conquering the Challenges of Sitting Vigil

Lori Harvin1 and Terry D Ward2*

1Department of Nursing, Coppin University, USA

2Department of Nursing, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: July 10, 2019;  Published Date: July 24, 2019


Sitting vigil is a time filled with waiting for a long overdue death, sleeplessness, exhaustion, frazzled nerves and the constant postponing of life’s responsibilities and obligations as the transition from life to death has become a part of reality. The experience of sitting vigil can be overwhelming and exhaustive. Key strategies of preparation, knowing death can linger, simplifying daily life for yourself and those around you, setting the atmosphere, touch and talk and taking a break are strategies, which can be used to conquer the challenge of sitting vigil. The dying process is very personal and unique for individuals and their family members. However, having key strategies in place can make sitting vigil a rewarding experience for all who welcome the process.

Keywords: Sitting vigil; End of life; Good death; Death; Dying; Life transition

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