After They've Gone: Child Life Collaboration with a Medical Examiner's Office
Due to legal and policy requirements, medical examiner cases are not eligible to receive bereavement materials while in the hospital. Through a collaboration with our county medical examine's office, we are now able to provide materials to any family who experiences a pediatric death, whether in or out of the hospital. Come learn about our collaboration and take home ideas for your own facility.
Discuss the importance of providing bereavement materials to all pediatric patients, and explain potential barriers to equitable inclusion of all families.
Discuss community partners and resources to reach goals to provide legacy materials for unmet populations.
Explore necessary steps for providing bereavement materials to a previously unreached population.
Evaluate their existing bereavement processes and make changes to reach their institutional goals for legacy making.
Brielle L. Swerdlin
Brielle Swerdlin, MS, CCLS earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Utica College, where she majored in Psychology- Child Life. After working in the field of child life for a few years she completed her Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Colorado State University- Global. Brielle joined the child life team at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY four years ago after working as a one-person program at Edinburg Children’s Hospital in Edinburg, TX for three years.
Currently Brielle provides services to patients in the Pediatric Emergency department at a Level One Trauma Center in New York that serves in patients 17 counties from the Pennsylvania border to the Canadian border. Professionally, Brielle’s interests include bereavement, trauma, children with special needs, child abuse and trauma-informed care.