Chapter 5: After the death

Late arrivals

The palliative care expert says
Dr. Mike Harlos explains how he helps family member frame not being at the bedside when death occurred. (3:22) 

I let her down when she needed me the most. ~ Family member

People may experience a tremendous amount of guilt at not being present when the person died. As time passes, they may view this differently, but in the moment they may be devastated. In the immediate aftermath of death, we recommend simply validating feelings.

 

Conversation Prompts

I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you to be here.