Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care
NHPCO is committed to ensuring hospice and palliative professionals and volunteers are knowledgeable about trauma-informed end-of-life care and that they practice in manner that actively resists traumatization or re-traumatization of those receiving and providing care. To this end, NHPCO has formed a Work Group to define the term, educate hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers, and support the provision of trauma-informed end-of-life care.
- Trauma Informed Care for Persons with Dementia, Brain Failure and Cognitive Impairment (Hospice of the Western Reserve, Inc.)
- Questions and Answers about Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care
- Trauma Informed End-of-Life Care
- E-OL Course on Trauma‐Informed End-of-Life Care
- Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care Resources
- We Honor Veterans Trauma-Informed Care Resources
- Caring for Holocaust Survivors with Sensitivity at End of Life: A Guidebook for Clinicians (MJHS)
2021 Resources Series – New
- Trauma-Informed Organizational Change Manual (The Institute on Trauma and Trauma Informed Care)
- Trauma Informed End-of-Life Care – An Introduction to NHPCO’s Resource Series
- Change and Measuring Success – A Reflection
- How Leaders can Measuring Success During a Pandemic
- Nursing Homes and Trauma-Informed Care
- Moral Distress
Resources for Easing Stress and Trauma in Time of COVID-19
- The VA has created and made public many mental health apps for a variety of conditions including PTSD, mindfulness, insomnia, strengthening parenting skills and anger management. They are available to anyone to use; VA affiliation is not required.
- COVID-19 Lessons: The Alignment of Palliative Medicine and Trauma-Informed Care (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
- National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
- Stress First Aid for Long-Term Care Staff
- COVID-19: Where Doctors Can Get Help for Emotional Distress.
- Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook workbook addressing anxiety in the time of COVID-19.
- The National Center for PTSD continuously posts resources related to COVID-19.
- Ithaca College Gerontology Institute has resources for older adults and caregivers.
Grief Related Resources
The toll of COVID-19 on family members cannot be understated. For every death, it is estimated that there will be a minimum of nine bereaved family members. The consequences of the death of a loved one in addition to all the secondary losses experienced during a pandemic as well as other natural disasters and mass casualty events can be traumatic, trigger trauma symptoms and have dire consequences.
The hidden perils of unresolved grief
McKinsey Quarterly | September 10, 2020
America isn’t ready for the coming wave of grief
Opinion by David M. Perry | February 11, 2021
What elements of a systems’ approach to bereavement are most effective in times of mass bereavement? A narrative systematic review with lessons for COVID-19
SAGE Journals | Volume: 34 issue: 9, page(s): 1165-1181
Article first published online: July 31, 2020; Issue published: October 1, 2020