00147 Death anxiety

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00147 Death anxiety

Definition of the NANDA label

Apprehension, worry or fear related to one’s own death or agony.

Vague, uneasy feeling of discomfort or dread generated by perceptions of a real or imagined threat to one’s existence.

Defining characteristics

• Concern about the impact that one’s own death may have on those close to them.
• Feeling of helplessness in the face of issues related to agony.
• Fear of physical or mental incapacity during agony.
• Anticipation of pain related to agony.
• Deep sadness.
• Fear of the dying process.
• Concern about overburdening caregivers as terminal illness leads to progressive disability.
• Concerns about the encounter with the creator or feelings of doubt about the existence of a God or superior being.
• Fear of a total loss of control over any aspect of one’s own death.
• Negative image of death or unpleasant thoughts about any event related to death or dying.
• Fear of delayed death.
• Fear of having a premature death that prevents the achievement of important life goals.
• Preoccupation with causing grief and suffering to others.
• Fear of leaving the family alone after death.
• Fear of developing a terminal illness.
– Denial of one’s own mortality or of the imminence of death.

At risk population

• Discussions on the topic of death
• Experiencing dying process
• Near-death experience
• Observations related to dying process

Associated condition

• Terminal illness


• A dignified death.
• Acceptance: state of health.
• Control of anxiety.
• Control of fear.
• Hope.
• Level of depression.


• Environmental management: comfort.
• Cares in agony.
• Spiritual support.
• Emotional Support.
• Increased coping.
• Decreased anxiety.
• Care of the agony.
• Give hope.
• Facilitate grief.
• Active listening.

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