5.6 When a Child Dies in the Satellite Centre
When a child at your satellite clinic dies consider:
- Connecting with the tertiary care team to inform them of the child’s death
- Notifying the Interlink Nurse and Social Worker to reach out to the family, provide support and assist with practical aspects as needed (e.g. funeral arrangements)
- Reaching out to tertiary care bereavement program, if one exists, to connect with family and offer additional support to family and possibly to Satellite Centre staff
- Reaching out to the family
- Can be done by phone, card/note, attendance at visitation or funeral
- Enquire about siblings and make referrals if necessary
Resources available to your team to assist grieving families include:
Resources for Families
- Canadian Mental Health Association: To find your local program go to ontario.cmha.ca; Website also provides literature to provide to families.
- Local funeral homes often offer bereavement programs for adults and children
- Local churches may offer support groups and counselling
- Bereaved Families of Ontario: bereavedfamilies.net
- centerforloss.com – another good resource for helping families who are mourning
- afterloss.com – an excellent monthly newsletter for those wishing help at home
- fernside.org – a club for kids and teens dealing with death
- The Hospital For Sick Children has an extensive library of printable literature and resources on Grief and Mourning at the following link: http://www.sickkids.ca/ProgramsandServices/paediatric-advance-care-team/Grief%20and%20bereavement%20resources/Grief-bereavement-resources.html
- http://griefwords.com/index.cgi?action=page&page=articles%2Fmourners.html&site_id=5 –Mourner’s Bill of Rights, Alan D. Wolfelt
- http://www.centerforloss.com/who-are-you/someone-i-love-has-died/ – The Mourner’s Six “Reconciliation Needs”, Alan D. Wolfelt
Resources for Health Care Professional
- Hospice: Connect with program nearest you.
- growthhouse.org – a place to find other internet sources to help children cope with death
Primary authors Dr. Lenna Morgan, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor and Ms. Leslie Price, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor. Reviewed by the POGO Satellite Manual Palliative Care Working Group, 2016.