Quote from nurselearner
I am curious how many of you attend any services for your patients. What makes you decide to go versus just expressing your condolences with a call. Do you all follow up with a call to the family if you are not the one to pronounce?
I guess that I am going to be the "stick in the mud" on this thread. I am a case manager in my hospice, so I am the nurse that sees the patient most of the time. I have been doing Hospice for 8 years and am a CHPN. My families are so appreciative when I take the time (and can do so) to attend the funeral or the "viewing" as we call it down here in the South.
As far as burn out, I don't think it's attending funerals, which somehow strangely gives ME closure also, I think it's not taking care of yourself spiritually and taking the necessary breaks from the job that you need in any area of nursing.
I'm sorry guys, but on this one I'll have to break from the crowd. The funerals, the viewings, and the Memorial Services are all very important to my families and I attend whenver I can for them, as well as for me.