Saying Goodbye in the Intensive Care Unit: Helping Caregivers Grieve

Mary Small
Arthur J. Engler, University of Connecticut School of Nursing
Cindy Hylton Rushton, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD

Document Type Article

This work was completed while the authors were at Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC.


The need for critical care caregivers to complete their own grief work when a patient dies deserves special attention. Positive coping with grief and loss can be encouraged through formal programs and individual and group memorial services.