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Traumatic deaths: give relatives chance to view body

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Even after a traumatic death, relatives should be offered the choice of whether they wish to view the body, according to UK research published in the BMJ online.

The Oxford University study involved 80 individuals who had been bereaved due to suicide or other traumatic death.

They found bereaved relatives had many reasons for wanting to see and touch the body, such as wanting to care for the body or to say good-bye. The authors said: “Professionals need to be sensitive to the different needs and preferences of people bereaved by traumatic death and to the social, familial, cultural and legal context of the death.”

Click here to read the study in the BMJ

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