C.A.R.E.S.: A Tool for the Care of the Dying

Bonnie Freeman, RN, DNP, ANP, ACHPN, Compassionate Person-Centered Care for the Dying

Self Care

The health-care provider must allow themselves to be human and expect some personal emotional response to the death of their patient and for the grieving family.

  • Palliative/Supportive Services are also available to staff.
  • Often a review and debriefing can assist with professional grieving and promote emotional health by:
    • Recognizing the stressful event and thanking supportive team members.
    • Reviewing what went well and what challenges need to be addressed.
    • Sharing bereaved family comments.
    • Addressing moral distress issues.
    • Expressing issues of death anxiety and obtaining support.
    • Exploring challenges and privilege of assisting a fellow human being through the dying process.
    • Acknowledging the spiritual impact of witnessing death.
    • Exploring how your care made a difference to the grieving family.
    • Reviewing effective communication techniques.
    • Available resources and support.