Based on the increasing rates of suicide among medical staff in North America and other countries, many studies have been published and institutions are working to prevent it.

In this sense, an article in the Journal of Palliative Care (see HERE) presents one way to decrease medical personnel burnout facing the death of patients, one of the many causes of depression and suicide

The study investigated the role of personally meaningful rituals (death ritual) in increasing compassion and decreasing burnout among hospice staff and volunteers. Based on a large research work, 390 hospice staff and volunteers from across 38 states completed the online survey, the authors concluded that rituals may be an important way to increase compassion and decrease burnout among hospice staff and volunteers.

The authors affirm, that “Organizations may benefit from providing training and support for personalized rituals among team members, especially intensivist professionals and the new staff who may be at greater risk for burnout (see HERE).”

In our opinion, it is an opportune initiative not only to prevent professional burnout and stress but also to give to the end of life patients a humanitarian service according to their dignity.