Background: Although much has been written about the treatment of bereaved relatives in emergency departments, very little has been published about their follow-up after they have left the department.
Methods: One model of follow-up is described, in which relatives are invited to a meeting in the department 4–6 weeks after their loss. In this model, it is emphasised that the follow-up is not a counselling session but an opportunity to ask questions, and an audit of the service is presented.
Results and conclusion: It is suggested that the provision of information is theoretically beneficial to the bereavement process.
- ED, emergency department
- GP, general practitioner
- Emergency department
- follow-up service
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Competing interests: None declared