June 5, 2019 at Holyoke Medical Center


Join Empty Arms from 4-8 PM

Auxiliary Conference Room, HMC, 20 Hospital Drive, Holyoke.

4 contact hours will be awarded to nurses in attendance.

Participants in this course will review best practices for caring for a family at the time of a baby’s death. Participants will explore together the specifics regarding why these practices can be important to each individual family and explore how to present options to parents which empower them to complete developmental tasks of parenting. Participants will also practice ways to assess and acknowledge a family’s social and cultural background and will learn how to use this information to make meaning with the family at the time of loss. Lastly, nurses will gather skills for debrief and self-care so that they can learn from, rather than feel negatively affected by, caring for the bereaved. 

Topics covered include: 

  • Developmental Tasks of Parenting

  • Cultural Narratives, Influences and Disparities

  • Walking WITH while caring FOR: The Concept of Companioning and how to incorporate developmental tasks and cultural awareness

  • Bringing in the larger family unit and making use of community support

  • Self Care: How to extract the positive, work through the negative, and grow from each experience. 

Optional additional 30 minute seminar from 8:00-8:30 will cover Subsequent Pregnancy Care

For more information and to register, please visit our registration page here.