Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: A Guide for by RN, Jane Heustis, Marcia Meyer Jenkins, Alan D. Wolfelt

By RN, Jane Heustis, Marcia Meyer Jenkins, Alan D. Wolfelt

Meant for nurses, medical professionals, midwives, social staff, chaplains, and health center help employees, this advisor supplies being concerned and functional suggestion for aiding households grieve correctly after wasting a baby at delivery. because the distinct wishes of households experiencing perinatal loss are severe and require greater than simply the bereavement criteria in so much hospitals, this instruction manual bargains suggestions and proposals for establishing up conversation among caregivers and households, making a compassionate bedside atmosphere, and supporting with mourning rituals. Encouraging continuous grief aid, those particular companioning recommendations can assist ease the soreness of this such a lot delicate scenario.

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Companioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Chaplains and Other Bedside Caregivers

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Donisha's caregivers were only trying to help to ease her pain; they didn't realize that they were adding to her misery. Paternalism—making decisions on the parents’ behalf—seems the only recourse when families cannot express their wishes. Still, the pain is there and doesn't go away. It is hard for us to understand that pain must be part of the experience, for it is the pain of love. If they loved their baby, then they will hurt when he or she dies. Compounded pain and grief can become too much to bear.

We become energized with their story and we see areas where our care and guidance is a positive influence. " Companioning helps us to develop a new outlook We see honor in the spirit of grieving families. We believe they are capable of entering into grief and surviving. They will survive without us, but we have the opportunity for participating and enriching the experience. We become curious about what is happening with the family in their grief and want to know more about what it is like for them.

Candy's caseworker understood. She commented about its beauty and asked permission to look and touch the items. " Doing an environment check It's hard for caregivers to see the unit as parents see it. To us, it looks the same each day because we have learned to be comfortable in the space. How can we see what needs to be done to improve the environment for grieving parents? Going through the following checklist will help: For the unit: • The front desk and/or triage area: Do all staff know of the situation so they can greet the family accordingly?

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