Reply To: Bereavement follow up

  • Ann Chang

    June 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    We have a Bereavement Committee in our Haem/Onc Division, who sends out a package (card, Certificate (Celebration of Life), any legacy/memory items, e.g. hand prints, hand molds, books) at time of patient death, and cards at 6 months and at 1 year.  We now have 2 Bereavement Coordinators who are part of the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (aka Palliative Care Team) who are available to provide this support hospital wide for patients/families and staff.

    For staff, we provide debriefings for any significant/traumatic events as close to the event as possible – this is usually led by the unit Manager and all stakeholders are invited.

    Hope this is helfpul.


    Ann Chang
    Advanced Nursing Practice Educator
    Hospital for Sick Children
    Toronto, ON

    Original Message:
    Sent: 06-18-2014 03:05 PM
    From: Patricia Conlon
    Subject: Bereavement follow up

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Nurse Managers and Inpatient Staff Hospital Issues .

    We have been trying to improve bereavement follow up for families and would appreciate some feedback from you on your process.

    Do you have a formal bereavement support program for families? If so, who coordinates it?

    Are families contacted to see how they are doing? If so, how often does this happen and for how long after the child’s death?

    Are support services offered to staff also? If so, what is offered?
    Thanks in advance,

    Patricia Conlon, CNS
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN
    United States