Handling Bodies after Violent Death


For some reason, I found this section to be rather poignant, as I had not given it much thought. Perhaps as a care provider, I had naturally assumed that I was just supposed to take on the responsibilities and not flinch. After reading the text, however, I feel vindicated and actually relieved that it is “alright” to grieve. During my career, I have actually been chastised by my supervisor for sharing the grief of family members over their loss and actually ridiculed. The following excerpts from the text give credence to the opposite belief: a. Stressors and coping strategies have been reported at 3 different points; before, during and after the exposure to corpses b. Profound memory stimulation, the shock of unexpected death, identification of emotional involvement with the dead and the handling of children’s bodies are all profound stressors. c. Even nonhuman bodies can produce discomfort. These feelings should also be respected. d. The handling of personal effects can lead to identification with the deceased. References Lynch, Virginia A. and Duval, Janet Barber. (2006). Forensic Nursing. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby

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