Category Archives: Counselling

Coronial counselling, bereavement, grief, complicated grief particularly in regard with violent/unexpected deaths.
This category relates to coronial counsellors who work with families including children whose loved ones have had autopsy. This category may also deal with the counselling families / individuals and requests for tissue donation from the autopsy.

Death isn’t taboo, we’re just not encouraged to talk about it

The Conversation John Troyer 10 April 2014

Contrary to the popular wisdom that it’s a taboo subject, we love discussing death. Dead bodies fascinate us and some of our favourite television shows have been about death and forensic pathology.  Death is not a taboo. It is more that we aren’t encouraged to discuss our own individual demise.

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Former coroner Mary Jerram speaks her mind on justice and vengeance

The Age Tim Barlass 6 April 2014

Mary Jerram retired as state coroner last November after 6½ years but she is no silent witness when it comes to speaking about her former role.  She is more than ready to speak her mind about ”the nanny state”, the questionable wisdom of liquor rules to prevent street violence and the lack of resources that cause delays and add to the grief of the bereaved.

In her time as state coroner, she helped reduce the backlog of inquests but fears lack of resources means that won’t last.

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Donation after cardiac death: are Australian emergency clinicians supportive?

Intern Med J. 2013 Jul;43(7):816-9. doi: 10.1111/imj.12181

To improve organ donation processes and outcomes, many Australian hospitals have introduced donation after cardiac death (DCD) following the 2010 publication of the National Protocol for DCD. As emergency clinicians play a significant role in identifying potential DCD donors, it is critical to assess their support and knowledge. Although many support DCD, most are unaware of the protocol or procedures regarding DCD. Education is needed and desired by many emergency clinicians.

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PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

PLOS Blogs Liz Silva 24 February 2014

Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement. However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use. For this reason, PLOS has always required that authors make their data available to other academic researchers who wish to replicate, reanalyze, or build upon the findings published in our journals.

In an effort to increase access to this data, we are now revising our data-sharing policy for all PLOS journals: authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, all authors who submit to a PLOS journal will be asked to provide a Data Availability Statement, describing where and how others can access each dataset that underlies the findings. This Data Availability Statement will be published on the first page of each article.

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CityCats and ferries used to recover bodies

Brisbane Times Tony Moore 18 February 2014

Water police are being forced to commandeer Brisbane City Council’s ferries and CityCats to collect bodies from the water under the Story Bridge because they have no boats on weekends.

Brisbane’s ferry and CityCat staff say Queensland Water Police do not have crews at night and do not have vessels available on weekends because of overtime costs.  Now the ferry operators say they are traumatised from pulling bodies from the water and say the situation is “disrepectful” to the people who die.

The most recent incident happened on Sunday.  Then, a water police officer lay across the deck of a free City Hopper tourist ferry, holding a deceased person’s body in the water as the ferry took the body to Holman Street terminal.

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Grief Counseling Without the Grief: A Readable Text for Beginning Counselors

Death Studies 17 September 2013; DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2012.756371

A review of Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling by Howard R. Winokuer & Darcy L. Harris. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2012. 242 pp. (ISBN: 978-0-8261-0872-2). $50.00.

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‘Screen family’ after a sudden death

BBC News 21 January 2014

Family members should be screened for hidden heart problems if they lose a loved one to sudden death syndrome, say experts.

Guidelines are being issued to all coroners in England and Wales, asking them to promote screening, as they are often the first point of contact after post-death investigations.

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Emotions run deep for military’s mortuary workers

My San Antonio William H. McMichael  The News Journal January 12, 2014

Col. John Devillier, commander of Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations and his 108 workers operate what amounts to the Defense Department’s No. 1 funeral home. Next door, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, or AFMES, conducts autopsies and forensic examinations and, upstairs, operates the military’s largest DNA lab.

Workers at civilian morgues and funeral homes rarely see the sorts of devastation that war can wreak on a body.

The overall emotional drain of the work at AFMES and AFMAO is such that the No. 2 job of the seven chaplains the two groups share — after ministering to grieving families — is taking care of the workers.

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When the living and the deceased don’t agree on organ donation

(University of Chicago Medical Center 25 November 2013) All 50 states have adopted laws giving individuals the right to consent to organ donation after death via a signed donor card or driver’s license, or by enrollment in a donor registry. While such laws give hospitals legal authority to proceed with organ procurement without consent of the registered donor’s family, a new study shows that organ procurement organizations’ implementation has been inconsistent and incomplete.

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Bereavement-related psychotherapies

Akoury-Dirani, L. (2013). Bereavement-related psychotherapies [Master class in palliative care] American University of Beirut.
A presentation about bereavement, grief, and mourning, palliative care,  grief and complicated grief, major depression (a table explains the difference between major depressive disorder and grief), individual, social and family vulnerabilities and the roles of counselling, coaching, and psychotherapy. Summarises the main components of psychotherapy. Provides supporting bibliographies. Concludes with notes on burnout in health professionals.

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