According to the social worker’s earliest notes on the medical chart, the patient’s son didn’t want any grief support after his father died.
The nurse who’d cared for his father echoed those sentiments when the family was discussed in the hospice team meeting. Since the patient—the father—had been in our hospice’s care for several months, there had been multiple visits by the social worker, nurse, and chaplain. All agreed the son said (before and at the time of death) that he was okay. Additionally, the son’s cousin—more like a trusted friend since childhood—happened to be one of our hospice nurses.
This cousin/nurse affirmed what others concluded: the son had shared he didn’t need additional bereavement support after his father’s death.
But the cousin, my hospice colleague, also said to me, and to the social worker who’d write the official chart notes, that the son should be contacted anyway.
“Give him a call,” the cousin/nurse said. Read More →by