Notifying Families After a COVID-19 Death   [open pdf - 166KB]

From the Document: "A large number of deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is expected throughout the world. Many of these deaths are likely to occur within healthcare facilities treating the most seriously ill. The large number of critically ill patients, overwhelmed healthcare systems, and separation of patients from their loved ones create unique challenges when informing family members when their loved one dies. Although we cannot lessen the loss of a loved one, we can provide family members with clear, concise, and accurate information about the death, and access to helpful resources, in a way that is professionally responsible, empathic and culturally sensitive. These actions facilitate the healing process for family members. The following information can assist with the difficult process of death notification under these very complicated circumstances."

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