Death Notification Interactions Webinar - May 20, 2021
Instructor: Dr. Teresa “Lilly” White
Hours: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDST
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In human societies, one of the most important communications is the announcement of the death of one of its members by another. Most death notifications occur in hospitals or assisted living or dying facilities and may be expected or anticipated. Deaths occurring outside these facilities are usually sudden and/or unexpected.
Law enforcement personnel, coroners, medicolegal death investigators, and other professionals are often tasked with communicating the sudden or unexpected death to the next-of-kin (NOK). It is arguably one of the most difficult duties these professionals engage in, especially considering how little death-telling training they receive. Correspondingly, it is likely the worst news the NOK can hear. The death-telling event is only a small part of the death notification (DN) process.
The DN process has been perceived as a one-time, unilateral death-telling event. It is, instead, an interactional process with multiple actors and procedures. It does not begin or end with the death-telling event but is only part of the process for the coroner/medicolegal death investigator/law enforcement personnel and the NOK. The DN process begins for the notifier when they are dispatched to a death scene, while the process begins for the NOK with the death-telling event. The end of the DN process is more difficult to distinguish, as many believe that it continues long after a death.
At the conclusion of this training course, the attendee will understand previous death notification practices; new perspectives on death notification interactions including managing responsibility, distance, and memories; interacting with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies; cultural, ethical, and religious considerations; coping strategies; reflexivity and learning from past death interactions, and other important topics.
• Introduction to Course and Learning Objectives
• What is a Death Notification?
• Background on Standardized Training in Death Notifications
o “We Regret to Inform You ...” Impact Video
• Previous Perspectives on Death Notifications
• New Perspectives on Death Notifications
• Managing Responsibility
• Managing Distance
• Managing Memories
• Interacting with Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Agencies
• Cultural, Ethical, and Religious Considerations
• Good and Bad Coping Strategies
o Compassion Fatigue
o Vicarious Trauma
• Reflexivity and Learning from Past Death Interactions
• Course assessment and Feedback
This webinar has been approved for four hours of recertification credit by the Crime Scene Certification Board. Please see our IAI Certifications page for more information.
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