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  • Karen M. Wyatt

One Washcloth: Sudden, Unexpected Death in the ER with Rochelle Martin

November 6, 2014  10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Rochelle Martin RN, death midwife and emergency room nurse. Rochelle and Dr. Wyatt will discuss the One Washcloth Initiative, which Rochelle co-founded to offer compassion and support to families who have suffered an unexpected loss of a loved one in the emergency room. They will talk about the challenges for both staff and family members of coping with death in the ER setting.

In this interview you will learn:


how the One Washcloth Initiative hopes to help families say goodbye to loved ones who have died in healthcare settings

about the challenges facing ER staff as they deal with traumatic deaths

what changes are needed in the medical system to improve the care offered to dying patients and their families in the ER and hospital

Rochelle Martin is a Registered Nurse with specialty certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto, and has experience in emergency and acute psychiatry, palliative care, and spiritual care.

Recently certified as an End-of-Life and Home Funeral-Care Guide (Beyond Hospice, 2012), most of the families Rochelle supports are saying goodbye to loved ones immediately following unexpected, often traumatic deaths in ER. She considers it a great privilege to be with families in these raw, intense moments, when there is little to offer but compassionate presence.

Currently collaborating on a number of death midwifery-related projects, Rochelle is working to establish a Canadian national community of practice, has co-founded the One Washcloth initiative, and serves on the Education Committee of the National Home Funeral Alliance. Her local efforts include leading after-death care workshops for healthcare, religious, and community groups, and exploring a conservation burial partnership in Hamilton, Ontario. Rochelle was born in Indiana, grew up in Chicago, and now lives in downtown Hamilton with her partner Ron and three children.

Rochelle Martin, RN, BScN, MDiv, CPMHN(C)

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Phone: 905-746-3074 

Related links:

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