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It was so important that Jean’s teddy through her final illness went with her wasn’t on her own.

bear which had

been with


when she died.

It meant


Bereaved mother

30. Arrangements for the care of deceased children and babies, including still-births and non-viable fetuses require particular attention.

  • 31.

    Principles for care around the time of death

    • Staff should be accepting of the fact that death happens and should refrain from being part of the collusion to avoid talk of death and use of words like dying and dead

    • When a patient dies the care does not end and that continuing duty of care should be recognised

    • Bereavement care should begin as soon as death is expected

    • Sensitive communication with the dying patient and with close relatives from an early stage can ease the transition into grief

    • Spiritual, religious and cultural needs should be identified and met both before death and after death

    • Close liaison between departments of Spiritual Care and staff involved with the dying and deceased is important

    • Those who sit with dying patients should be offered information about what to expect

    • Dignity and respect should be shown at all times to the deceased, and those who have been bereaved

    • Clear guidance on last offices and protocols around death need to be provided by each Board, but must be flexible enough to meet the needs of the deceased and those who have been bereaved.

Accurate information should be given at all times, and choices which are open to the dying patient or those bereaved

should include all who have been

  • All staff who may have contact with the dying or should have received

training at the appropriate level

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