“Families are suddenly put in a situation they are unprepared for and are totally overwhelmed. It hits them all at once when a long-standing chronic illness becomes life-threatening or when a loved one falls unexpectedly at home and the injury is mortal”. - ICU Nurse
Being at the bedside of a patient admitted to the ICU is a visceral experience for families. Each new family member who enters the room for the first time can bring another wave of emotion.
Constructing a positive relationship with the family by supporting them in their trauma and grief can facilitate decision-making, enhance family experience, and lead to better
Bereavement is defined as the objective experience of having lost someone significant through death.
By completing this module, you will:
- Learn ways to prepare the families for possible death and the removal of life support.
- Discover ways to minimize vicarious trauma for families when death occurs.
- Examine strategies for interacting with family members when difficulties arise.
- Explore strategies for follow-up after death.