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After a death: A practical guide for the days and weeks ahead  
Abstract: This helpful handout is a checklist of tasks that need to be done after a death. These tasks include getting copies of a death certificate, finding out if there is a will, locating important papers, notifying Social Security, and canceling the many services that the person may have been using. It includes space for recording what company was called, the name of the contact person, when the call was made, and notes. This handout is included in the Bereavement Packet for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 9/2015
Autopsy: An important study after a death  
Abstract: This handout explains what an autopsy is and why it is important. It covers what is examined, how long it takes, and the options for obtaining and learning more about the results. Last, it explains why forms need to be filled out, and who pays, if there are any charges. (Grief, Death, Autopsy)
Author: Autopsy and After Death Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 9/2007
Autopsy: An important study after an infant's death  
Abstract: This handout explains what an infant autopsy is and why it is important. It covers what is examined, how long it takes, and the options for obtaining and learning more about the results. Last, it explains why forms need to be filled out, and who pays, if there are any charges.
Author: Autopsy and After Death Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 9/2007
Bereavement support services: Resources, support groups, and books  
Abstract: This handout lists community resources in the greater Seattle area for dealing with issues of grief and bereavement. Contact numbers, website addresses, and a brief description of services are included. This handout is included in the Bereavement Packet for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 9/2015
Breast care: After the loss of your baby  
Abstract: This handout explains breast care after the loss of a baby. Included are reassurances about the grieving process, suggestions to help with breast engorgement, signs that require a call to the doctor, quotes from other bereaved mothers, and a list of helpful resources.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 3/2012
Caring for yourself after the loss of your baby: Emotional and physical healing  
Abstract: This handout offers support for women who have lost their baby. Included is information about physical changes and emotional concerns, as well as warning signs for calling the doctor or clinic.
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 3/2012
Comfort care in the ICU: What to expect at the end of your loved one's life  
Abstract: This handout explains what family and friends can expect when it is nearing the end of their loved one's life. It includes what happens when the ventilator is removed, physical signs that usually mean death is near, how to let go, and questions to help family members review the life and legacy of the loved one who is passing.
Author: 5E (ICU/Critical Care Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 1/2016
Coping with grief after losing a preterm baby  
Abstract: This handout gives tips for coping with grief after losing a preterm infant. Included are sections on supporting yourself, using physical activity to help reduce stress, handling your feelings, and support groups in the Seattle area.This handout is included in the packet "Coping with Grief," part of the Wait One Year Program.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2012
Death with Dignity Act: In Washington state  
Abstract: This handout explains Washington state's Death with Dignity Act, which was passed by voters of Washington state in November 2008. The act allows adults with a terminal illness to request lethal doses of medicine from medical or osteopathic doctors. People who receive this medicine must give it to themselves by ingesting pills, taking it through a feeding tube, or other means.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 3/2009
Grief support  
Abstract: Provides contact information for support organizations and resources to help deal with a loss during or after pregnancy.
Author: Maternity and Infant Center (MIC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 1/2011
Guide through grief: Mourning the loss of a loved one  
Abstract: Discusses grief as a natural experience in response to loss, the stages in the grief cycle, ways to help oneself grieve, and the needs of children during grieving. This handout is included in the Bereavement Packet for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1993
Revised Date: 8/2016
Living wills and other advance directives: Writing down your choices for health care   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives basic information about the different types of advance directives. These are forms to fill out "in advance" so that your family, friends, and health care providers know what medical care you would want and would not want, if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2013
Planning a funeral  
Abstract: This article contains helpful information for family members and friends after a loved one's death. It includes sections on "Where to Get Help," "Disposition Options," "Checklist of Tasks," "Planning the Ceremony and Choosing Funeral Home Services," "Selecting a Funeral Home," "Green Burials," and "Ratings of Area Funeral Homes for Quality and Price." This article is reprinted with permission from Puget Sound Consumers' CHECKBOOK, Volume 4, No. 1. This handout is included in the Bereavement Packet for UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2015
Raising a child who is grieving: Supporting young ones during illness and death  
Abstract: This handout explains how to talk with children when their loved one is seriously ill or has died. It tells how a child might respond to the situation, depending on their age.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 1/2016
What to expect at the end of life: Signs of approaching death and things you can do  
Abstract: This handout explains the process of dying. It includes common physical, mental, and emotional changes that occur in the last weeks, days, and hours of life.
Author: Social Work and Care Coordination
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 1/2016
When a loved one dies in the hospital: Answers to common questions  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions that family members and others have when a loved one dies in the hospital. It provides information on autopsies, when an autopsy is requested, organ donation, talking to the doctor about cause of death, obtaining a death certificate, and what happens to the body when it leaves the patient room. Also included are phone numbers and website addresses for resources that may be needed. This handout is included in the hospital's Bereavement Packet.
Author: Autopsy and After Death Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 9/2015

 
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