Chinese culture, patients are often not told the life-threatening
aspects of a serious illness such as cancer. The family is
usually told. Family members often wish to care for the person
at home if possible. However, some believe that if the patient
dies at home, this may have harmful effects on children in
the home. In these instances, relatives may wish the patient
to die in a setting other than the home, such as a hospital
or hospice. The family may wish to be at the bedside of a
hospitalized dying patient.
White is the color for mourning; wearing all white or all
black may be considered bad luck by some Chinese.
Families may not wish to allow autopsies, and are often unwilling
to donate body parts. Other death and dying practices are
closely related to religious beliefs.