A comprehensive pediatric bereavement program: the patterns of your life

Crit Care Nurs Q. 1997 Aug;20(2):48-62.


The death of a child is one of the most painful experiences a parent can endure. Communicating and meeting the needs of parents during this time of crisis is a challenge for nurses. Pediatric intensive care unit and emergency department nurses who may feel overwhelmed and inadequate when working with grieving families, especially with a sudden and unexpected death, are assisted by "The Patterns of Your Life: A Comprehensive Pediatric Bereavement Program." The program is a blending of critical pathways (an element of managed care), educational resources, and family follow-up for 1 year. Preliminary evaluations indicate that the comprehensive bereavement program appears to have many benefits for families and health care staff alike.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bereavement*
  • Child
  • Critical Care / psychology*
  • Critical Pathways / organization & administration*
  • Death*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Pediatric*
  • Managed Care Programs / organization & administration
  • Parents / education
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Program Development
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement