This paper examines some of the current literature on the experiences of dying and integrates this together with the parameters that may constitute the experiences of a deaf and dying person. Influences from the American culture, processes of dying, developmental issues in learning about death and dying, and the role as teacher that the deaf community provides to deaf people are examined.

This literature is combined with issues of deafness and dying. Communication issues and coping abilities of deaf people, and the necessity for a comprehensive standard of care that includes the needs of the deaf patient, family, and health care staff are examined. Examples of research are presented and the need for unimpeded communication for the deaf and dying person is stressed in the conclusion.