KidsGrief.ca is a free online resource that helps parents support their children when someone in their life is dying or has died. It equips parents with the words and confidence needed to help children grieve life’s losses in healthy ways.
The ICBN intends this document to be used by all adults, professionals, volunteer organisations and policy makers who are concerned about bereaved children. The appropriate standard of care and support should be provided to children so that their
bereavement needs can be met regardless of their religion, culture, gender or economic status or their location within Ireland. The ICBN sees these standards being used for planning, provision, and quality review of childhood bereavement care.
This guideline has been written by the HSC Bereavement Network for registered nurses, healthcare assistants and other healthcare professionals who may have responsibility for providing care during and after the death of a patient in acute, secondary or primary care settings.
The guideline aims to:
• Promote safe and sensitive care of the body at the time of and after death, taking into consideration the wishes of the deceased patient and their family
• Ensure the deceased person is treated with dignity and respect, and that cultural and spiritual needs are met
• Promote effective inter-agency working by outlining the roles and responsibilities of relevant professionals and organisations who are involved in caring for the deceased patient and their relatives
• Promote effective communication and provide information to assist families when dealing with the practical issues that arise as a result of the death eg. registration of death or a death that is referred to the Coroner
• Inform the development of relevant policy, procedures and protocols to guide the practice of health and social care staff
• Provide a resource that will be useful for pre and post registration training and education and contribute to the professional development of nurses in the care of the deceased patient and their family.