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Bereavement Care for Healthcare Professionals: Patient's Family in the Palliative Care Process

Palliative Care, Patients & Families

How can we as healthcare professionals, assist our patients and families in working through their grief? This page of research has articles and videos that assist caregivers so that they can help families work through the grieving process.

Palliative Care, Patients & Families


"I Feel All Alone Out Here": Analysis of Audio Diaries of Bereaved Hospice Family Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Tay DL, Thompson C, Jones M, Gettens C, Cloyes KG, Reblin M, Thomas Hebdon MC, Beck AC, Mooney K, Ellington L.

J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2021 Aug 1;23(4):346-353. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000763.

PMID: 33660671 Free PMC article.


Disenfranchised grief and Covid-19: How do we make it less painful?

Ramadas S, Vijayakumar S.

Indian J Med Ethics. 2021 Apr-Jun;VI(2):1-4. doi: 10.20529/IJME.2020.123.

PMID: 33908367


Navigating the terrain of moral distress: Experiences of pediatric end-of-life care and bereavement during COVID-19.

Wiener L, Rosenberg AR, Pennarola B, Fry A, Weaver M.

Palliat Support Care. 2021 Apr;19(2):129-134. doi: 10.1017/S1478951521000225.

PMID: 33648612 Free PMC article.


A qualitative study of bereaved family caregivers: feeling of security, facilitators and barriers for rural home care and death for persons with advanced cancer.

Barlund AS, André B, Sand K, Brenne AT.

BMC Palliat Care. 2021 Jan 8;20(1):7. doi: 10.1186/s12904-020-00705-y.

PMID: 33419428 Free PMC article.


Assessment of Bereaved Caregiver Experiences of Advance Care Planning for Children With Medical Complexity.

Lord S, Moore C, Beatty M, Cohen E, Rapoport A, Hellmann J, Netten K, Amin R, Orkin J.

JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jul 1;3(7):e2010337. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.10337.

PMID: 32721029 Free PMC article.


The Witness to Witness Program: Helping the Helpers in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Weingarten K, Galván-Durán AR, D'Urso S, Garcia D.

Fam Process. 2020 Sep;59(3):883-897. doi: 10.1111/famp.12580. Epub 2020 Aug 3.

PMID: 32621761 Free PMC article.


Bereavement Support on the Frontline of COVID-19: Recommendations for Hospital Clinicians.

Selman LE, Chao D, Sowden R, Marshall S, Chamberlain C, Koffman J.

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Aug;60(2):e81-e86. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.04.024. Epub 2020 May 4.

PMID: 32376262 Free PMC article.


What bereaved parents want health care providers to know when their babies are stillborn: a community-based participatory study.

Farrales LL, Cacciatore J, Jonas-Simpson C, Dharamsi S, Ascher J, Klein MC.

BMC Psychol. 2020 Feb 17;8(1):18. doi: 10.1186/s40359-020-0385-x.

PMID: 32066494 Free PMC article.


Physicians Can Help Patients Begin Grieving Process for Loss of a Loved One.

Rosen J.

Am Fam Physician. 2020 Jan 1;101(1):7.

PMID: 31894946 No abstract available.


I Attended My Patient's Funeral, and That Is Family Medicine.

Chen FM.

Fam Med. 2019 Nov;51(10):870. doi: 10.22454/FamMed.2019.811955.

PMID: 31722112 No abstract available.


Bereaved Family Cancer Caregivers' Unmet Needs: Measure Development and Validation.

Kim Y, Carver CS, Cannady RS.

Ann Behav Med. 2020 Feb 21;54(3):164-175. doi: 10.1093/abm/kaz036.

PMID: 31602463 Free PMC article.


Qualitative exploration of emotional and social changes from diagnosis to bereavement for spousal caregivers of persons with dementia.

Gibson K, Peacock S, Bayly M.

BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 24;9(9):e031423. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031423.

PMID: 31551389 Free PMC article.


Communication of emotion in home hospice cancer care: Implications for spouse caregiver depression into bereavement.

Reblin M, Baucom BRW, Clayton MF, Utz R, Caserta M, Lund D, Mooney K, Ellington L.

Psychooncology. 2019 May;28(5):1102-1109. doi: 10.1002/pon.5064. Epub 2019 Apr 5.

PMID: 30883985 Free PMC article.


Assessing quality of care for the dying from the bereaved relatives' perspective: Using pre-testing survey methods across seven countries to develop an international outcome measure.

Mayland CR, Gerlach C, Sigurdardottir K, Hansen MIT, Leppert W, Stachowiak A, Krajewska M, Garcia-Yanneo E, Tripodoro VA, Goldraij G, Weber M, Zambon L, Passarini JN, Saad IB, Ellershaw J, Haugen DF.

Palliat Med. 2019 Mar;33(3):357-368. doi: 10.1177/0269216318818299. Epub 2019 Jan 10.

PMID: 30628867 Free PMC article.


Guiding intensive care physicians' communication and behavior towards bereaved relatives: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial (COSMIC-EOL).

Kentish-Barnes N, Chevret S, Azoulay E.

Trials. 2018 Dec 22;19(1):698. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-3084-7.

PMID: 30577862 Free PMC article.

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