Chapter 4: Strategies for follow-up


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“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.

Is it possible to have a follow-up meeting?