Agenda Item Details
Day 1   Friday Nov 8, 2019
11:15 - 12:15pm
Presentation: Concurrent Session B01 – Capturing the Voices of Bereaved Parents

Capturing the Voices of Bereaved Parents: The Creation of Videos to Educate Healthcare Professionals on Skilled and Compassionate Bereavement Care



In response to an identified gap in Canadian-based videos highlighting the lived experience of families surrounding a pregnancy or infant loss, an innovative process to capture the voices of bereaved Canadian families was initiated by an organization that provides support and education surrounding pregnancy and infant loss. This presentation will highlight the process undertaken, including ‘patient-as-educator’ principles, and show the new video content. Implications for promoting excellence in best practices in bereavement care will also be discussed. After viewing the videos, this presentation will allow participants to explore how incorporating the parent voice into all aspects of perinatal bereavement education supports best practices and a more meaningful experience for participants who are seeking to improve their own bereavement care for families. 


Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the unique care needs of families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss by listening to their lived experience.

2. Describe the process of incorporating the family voice when developing educational curriculum on pregnancy and infant loss.

3. Identify adaptable and innovative strategies to incorporate ‘patient-as-educator’ principles into your own bereavement practice.



Megan Fockler, RN, MPH, Advanced Practice Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network, Toronto, ON, Canada

Michelle La Fontaine, BAA, CLS,  tDIPL, Program Manager, Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Network, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada



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