In summary

Module 1 summary

Although not always apparent, grief and trauma are typical and common experiences for families in an ICU. Being able to recognize grief and trauma enables you to better support families and make a meaningful difference for them, both in the moment and after leaving the ICU.

This module highlighted the importance of: 

  • Understanding the various manifestations of grief and trauma.
  • Building a solid relationship with families based on trust, reliability, and authenticity. 
  • Allowing families to have an active role by including them in the care plan, encouraging them to ask questions, and accompanying them through what may be the most painful period of their lives.

Families will remember even small moments when they received your care and compassion, and will draw strength from those memories during bereavement.