Nurse for griev­ing joins coro­ner’s team

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THE coun­try’s first be­reave­ment nurse as­signed to a coro­ner’s of­fice started her new role this week.

The ex­pe­ri­enced spe­cial­ist nurse will cover cases from the bor­oughs of Rochdale, Old­ham and Bury.

She will of­fer sup­port and as­sis­tance to all those who have been af­fected by a death re­ferred to the coro­ner.

Milly Cooke, a Swan be­reave­ment nurse from The North­ern Care Al­liance NHS Group, is the first coro­ner’s of­fice be­reave­ment nurse in Eng­land.

Her role will ini­tially run for 12 months as a pi­lot funded by Rochdale, Old­ham and Bury coun­cils and the NHS’s North­ern Care Al­liance.

Milly’s new role sits within the ex­ist­ing Swan be­reave­ment ser­vice and is based at the coro­ner’s of­fice in Hey­wood.

The North Manch­ester coro­ner’s of­fice dealt with 2,709 deaths in 2017.

Se­nior Coro­ner Joanne Kears­ley said: “I am re­ally proud that we have taken an in­no­va­tive step by in­tro­duc­ing Milly’s role.

“We want to en­sure that ev­ery­one im­pacted is prop­erly sup­ported through­out the process and I am sure Milly’s pres­ence will pro­vide vi­tal sup­port for those af­fected by the coro­nial process.”

Milly’s role will see her pro­vide sup­port to close fam­ily, friends and wit­nesses af­fected by deaths dealt with by the coro­ner.

It will al­low Milly to work with peo­ple in a way that needs.

This will in­clude on­go­ing sup­port through home vis­its and vis­its to the Swan be­reave­ment suite at their lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

To aid fam­i­lies dur­ing the griev­ing process Milly will have ac­cess to re­sources to pre­serve mem­o­ries with mem­ory boxes and can also ob­tain locks of hair, hand and foot prints, or lip kisses at the re­quest of fam­i­lies.

Milly has 26 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in nurs­ing, in­clud­ing 14 years as a Macmil­lan nurse, and is proud of her new role.

She said: “Ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of age, colour and re­li­gion, de­serves to be cared for with com­pas­sion, dig­nity and re­spect at the end of their life and in death, as do the peo­ple who are left be­hind to grieve. suits their

“Whether the death is ex­pected or sud­den, the mo­ment we have to get it right be­comes the mem­ory that lives on for the be­reaved. As part of the Swan be­reave­ment team, our role as nurses is to be there for peo­ple who may need ex­tra sup­port in the early weeks and months of grief.”

●●The coun­try’s first be­reave­ment nurse Milly Cooke (cen­tre) with se­nior coro­ner Joanne Kears­ley (left) and area coro­ner Lisa Jeanette Hashmi

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