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Bereavement Care for Healthcare Professionals: E-Books & other Websites on Bereavement


Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life

Marilyn J. Field, Christine K. Cassel (Editors)
Committee on Care at the End of Life, Institute of Medicine 1997

Bereavement: Reactions, Consequences, and Care
CHAPTER 9, Roles of Health Professionals and Institutions

Health care professionals have an obligation to family members of terminally ill or recently deceased patients. To carry out this role responsibly, they should be able to communicate about sensitive issues, to understand the nature of normal and abnormal bereavement reactions, and to be knowledgeable about community resources to which the bereaved can be referred for specialized help if needed.

Institute of Medicine (US) Committee for the Study of Health Consequences of the Stress of Bereavement; Osterweis M, Solomon F, Green M, editors.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1984.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet]. From PubMed Health

Grief, Bereavement, and Coping With Loss (PDQ®)
Health Professional Version
PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Editorial Board.

Published online: April 20, 2017.


Free E-Books: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Death, Grief, Bereavement 

Books for adults and children who have family members or pets. In PDF.

Other Internet Resources on Bereavement

Bereaved Parents and Siblings Offer Advice to Health Care Providers and Researchers
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Bereavement Debriefing Sessions: An Intervention to Support Health Care Professionals in Managing Their Grief After the Death of a Patient
Continuing Nurse Education
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Gratitude and Compassion
From our readers…The nature of grief
American Nurse Today
June 2011 Vol. 6 No. 6
Author: Rebecca Ruppert, RN, MS

Healthcare Providers, Funeral Directors, Clergy, and Mental Health Professionals--links to training and other resources for healthcare providers
Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Tips for Dealing with Loss and Grief in the Healthcare Field
Posted by PCC Institute for Health Professionals on October 12, 2015
Portland Community College, Portland, OR

URMC / Encyclopedia / Grief and Loss
Grief and Loss

Overview of the grieving process
University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY