Caring for patients after death: The importance of comprehensive bereavement care

Gold standard care shouldn’t end after death. The role of clinicians in the care of the deceased and grieving families is invaluable. Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and funeral directors are increasingly accommodating families who wish to spend time with their loved ones after death. As society begins to shift preconceived perceptions and understand more about the options available to them, the importance of extending compassionate care beyond life becomes clear.

“I’d never even heard of a CuddleBlanket before I lost my beautiful son, Harris, last year. To even think that without this CuddleBlanket I never would of been able to spend all that time with my son absolutely breaks my heart.”

L. Whittle

The shift in bereavement care

Historically, the period immediately following a death was marked by swift transitions, often leaving families with little time to process their loss or make informed decisions. Today, there is a growing recognition of the benefits that come from allowing families the time they need to say goodbye, make decisions, and create lasting memories. Bereaved families are profoundly grateful for the opportunity to spend additional time with their loved ones, using it to make meaningful and informed choices about their care and final arrangements.


Bereaved families are grateful — and benefiting from the gift of time to make informed choices.
The impact of body cooling solutions like the CuddleBlanket for families is undeniable and can have a profound effect on bereaved families well being.

The role of cooling devices in bereavement care

Body cooling solutions, like the CuddleBlanket from Flexmort, have become an essential part of modern bereavement care. These devices provide a gentle, discreet way to cool the deceased, preserving their appearance and condition, and allowing families to spend quality time with them in a setting of their choosing. The impact of such solutions on families is undeniable, offering not just physical preservation but also emotional solace.

Benefits for families

Extra Time:

      One of the most significant benefits of using cooling devices like the CuddleBlanket is the extra time it affords families. This additional time can be used to hold, dress, bathe, and bond with their loved one in ways that would otherwise not be possible. Families can also take this time to gather distant relatives who need to travel, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to say their goodbyes.

      Creating Memories:

      With the gift of time, families can create precious memories. This might include taking photographs, sharing stories, or simply being together. These moments become invaluable treasures that help in the grieving process.

      Informed Choice:

      Family led bereavement care is vital. Providing families with the freedom to choose what their loved ones after life care looks like is paramount. Families who choose to use individual body cooling are given the gift of time with their loved one, allowing them to make informed decisions about funeral arrangements without feeling rushed. This can lead to greater satisfaction with the choices made and less regret later on.

      Benefits for Healthcare and Funeral Services

      For hospitals, hospices, and funeral directors, incorporating cooling devices like the CuddleBlanket into their services brings numerous benefits beyond the immediate care for the deceased.

      Gold Standard of Care:

      Offering such advanced bereavement care solutions positions an organisation as a leader in compassionate care. It shows a commitment to the emotional and psychological well-being of the families they serve, ensuring that care does not end at the moment of death.

      Reputational Benefit:

      By providing comprehensive and thoughtful bereavement care, organisations can enhance their reputation within the community. Families who feel supported and cared for are more likely to share positive experiences and recommend the services to others.

      Professional Satisfaction:

      Clinicians and care providers who can offer this level of service can find greater professional satisfaction. Knowing that they have made a significant difference during a family’s most challenging time can be profoundly rewarding.

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      The shift towards accommodating families’ wishes after the death of a loved one is a testament to the growing understanding of the importance of comprehensive bereavement care. By incorporating cooling devices like the CuddleBlanket from Flexmort, organisations can provide a higher standard of care, offering families the precious gift of time and the ability to create lasting memories. This compassionate approach not only benefits bereaved families but also enhances the reputation and satisfaction of the care providers. As we continue to evolve in our understanding of grief and bereavement, the commitment to compassionate, holistic care remains paramount.

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      Talk to our team today about how you can offer compassionate bereavement care at your organisation. 

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