obituaries - page 2

does anyone else find themselves looking in the obits for former patients? my family thinks that i am totally bizarre, please confirm that this is yet another "nursing feature!"... Read More

  1. by   MPHkatie
    I don't regularly read obits, but I do check on the hospital computer system to check up on pts that got admitted.
    We had a ptient once who spent montns in the intensive care unit, with a very attentive family. When she died, the family sent us a ridiculously enormous fruit basket to thank the nurses, and also requested that any of us attend the funeral and wake. Several did, not me in this case. Recnetly we also had a frequent flyer to our ER die, he had few friends and many of us (including me) attended his memorial service, his Mom was very comforted by our prescence.... Our manager encouraged it in both occasions, though I know in many places it would be frowned upon.
  2. by   nell
    As a NICU nurse, I never read the obits - until I did a short stint in Home Health where not only did I do the Peds patients, but also the hard-IV-stick elderlys. I started reading them then and have continued for some reason or other even though I've been back in NICU for 4 years!
  3. by   nrw350
    Why exactly would it be frowned upon? I mean if they were a good patient, and they enjoyed your company, I would see it as almost an obligation of needing to pay one's respects to the deceased. Also, I think that your presence would almost always make the family members of the deceased feel better too. Because they know that they are not the only ones who cared about that individual.

  4. by   P_RN
    I read them all too. I feel that each person there had something to give, and I want to "know" them.
  5. by   nrw350
    P_RN, I like the quote you have there about what people remember, that is extremely true. And that memory of what the way you made them feel often times is more powerful and more important than anything that is spoken.

  6. by   Zee_RN
    Yep, I read the obits. Sometimes that's the only way you know when you can safely mention the name of a frequent flyer...
  7. by   Sable's mom
    I work in a small town OB dept - I don't read the obits - I read the "police and fire column" to see which of my patients have been picked up for drunk driving, shoplifting, smugglin (we're in a border city) or fights in the local bar/paking lots.
  8. by   live4today
    Can't recall the last time I read a newspaper for anything! I find them way too depressing. It's bad enough to watch the evening news for thirty to sixty minutes.
  9. by   Sleepyeyes
    Yep, I read the obits. (Yes, Hubby thinks it's morbid :chuckle .)

    In the first nursing home I worked at, they actually had the wake in the downstairs chapel. It was a chance to pray and say goodbye. I was amazed at how much younger and at peace these elderly folks appeared. :angel2:
  10. by   Cindy_A
    Yep, I do it too! Because I've worked in LTC, there are many older folks. Since I'm not working in some of those places ( I used to work agency) you wonder what happens to them. It's also interesting to read about their lives, since you don't know that much about them when you worked there.
  11. by   ERNurse752
    I read them sometimes...but they tend to drive me a little nuts, b/c I always want to know what they died of, especially the younger ones, and most of them don't have any clues...
  12. by   Rustyhammer
    I read the front page, then the comics, then the obits then the police blotter...if I am still bored then I'll take on Ann Landers.
  13. by   mamabear
    I thought everybody checked out the obits!
    I work adult psych/substance abuse and, unfortunately, a lot of our patients decide to check out ahead of schedule, i.e., drink themselves beyond blind, OD on their antidepressants, cook up a bad batch of whatever. You get the idea.:stone
    I also check out the police blotter, second home to a lot of our FFs.:uhoh21: