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Grave Words: Notifying Survivors About Sudden, Unexpected Deaths by Kenneth V. Iserson, 342 pp, paper, $38.95, ISBN 1-883620-02-3, Tucson, Ariz, Galen Press, 1999.
Pocket Protocols—Notifying Survivors About Sudden, Unexpected Deaths: A Companion Book to Grave Words by Kenneth V. Iserson, 65 pp, paper, $6.95, ISBN 1-883620-05-8, Tucson, Ariz, Galen Press, 1999.
For the messenger, there is no easy way to inform family or friends (survivors) of the death of a loved one. It is an even more daunting task when the death is unexpected, and the messenger has no rapport or prior contact with the family. It is in this arena and with that challenge that emergency department physicians must practice every day. Dr Iserson is a practicing emergency department physician and director of a bioethics center. His experience and knowledge are more than theoretical.
Sudden DeathGrave Words: Notifying Survivors About Sudden, Unexpected Deaths Pocket Protocols—Notifying Survivors About Sudden, Unexpected Deaths: A Companion Book to Grave Words. JAMA. 2000;283(14):1888. doi:10.1001/jama.283.14.1888-JBK0412-3-1