Chapter 5: After the death
If you’re at the home when the patient dies, your involvement doesn’t end with the death. The family may need time to collect themselves before attending to practical matters such as notifying the funeral home, family and friends. There may be cultural rituals around the body that need to occur. At this time, you’ll be assessing the family’s support needs and determining how to successfully conclude the call.
Be sure to notify the family when the death has occurred.
For additional information, see Module 3, Explaining clinical information and what to expect - Chapter 1, Communication essentials - Offering condolences; and Chapter 2 of this Module, Respecting and responding to cultural practices and traditions.