As practicing pediatricians who have lost patients to gun violence, we join our colleagues in mourning the 20 children and their teachers who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Our sadness is deepened by our knowledge that the deaths, terror, and post-traumatic stress of the relatives and friends left behind could have been prevented. Prevention is the core of pediatric work. We aim to protect children from all things that can harm them. Injuries are the biggest threat to U.S. children over 1 year of age. In 2010, gun-related injuries accounted for 6570 deaths of children and . . .
People with dementia (PwD) attending dementia daycare often experience the death of others. Little research exists regarding whether PwD should be informed of the death, and if so, how? In this qualitative research, we explored, through semi-structured interviews, the beliefs and practices of 52 staff members of adult day centers for PwD about these issues. Themes that emerged are that many staff members feel their clients have emotional capacity to mourn, despite their cognitive impairments. There are many different ways to tell PwD about the death of others. Each case should be judged individually. 80% of staff feels sad when a group member dies and 92% desires more training on how to enable their clients to grieve. Research is needed on mourning and PwD, staff training, and ways to help staff with the burden of their own grieving. These methods may improve quality of care and decrease staff burnout.