Flashcards in Parent/Family Bereavement Support Deck (8)
What is the cycle of grief and how does it differ between families?
**some families go through the cycle faster than others**
How should immediate care after the death of a baby be carried out?
- STOP and Evaluate
- "Helicopter view" (take a step back)
=> Who needs to be here? What are we doing next? Do we need to inform the parents of anything?
Who's consent must be given before removing any interventions (ET tube, venflons)/ clothes of the baby?
What can help to support the parents after a stillbirth or infant death?
- Express sympathy
- ALWAYS use baby’s name
- Allow parents to lead care
- Appropriate environment for bereavement
- Memory building
What are the main complications of grief that can affect parents after a stillbirth or infant death?
- complicated grief
What is incongruent grieving?
Mother and father grieving at different paces
- parents may be jealous of other families with children
- may cause avoidance of going out and meeting people to avoid talking about the event
What support can be offered to parents whilst experiencing bereavement of their child?
- advice on taking baby home before funeral (cooling mattress used)
- memory building
- Memorial service at christmas time with other families in similar position
- Tree of tranquility - leaf placement
- Signposting to other charity support - SIMBA and Sands
- telephone support given
- home visits may be necessary initially