Chapter 4: Strategies for follow-up
“We've looked at things like cards or letters of condolence, a phone call … having a family meeting where they can actually come back and just sit and talk about what happened and help reframe the ICU experience in a way that's understandable”. – Professor, school of nursing
Most ICUs have no formal bereavement follow-up programs. This may be changing as many families report a need for bereavement support specific to ICU deaths and some staff express interest in offering aftercare support.
This chapter outlines a few strategies that you may be able to implement in your ICU setting.