When there is a death in our emergency department: Before the family is brought to the bedside, we cover the patient with a warm blanket, including the hands.
Death is a cold, cold ending. Soften the grief with some warmth.
If the death occurs to a baby or child: We wrap the child in a warm blanket and a nurse, sitting in a rocking chair, holds the child when the family is brought to the room.
Children should not die, but it they do, they should not be left alone.
Comfort should be continued as long as possible.