Postmortem Care

Postmortem Care 

One of the most challenging tasks that you, as a caregiver, are likely to face is providing postmortem care. Not only does this care require the completion of certain physical tasks, but there are emotional, cultural, and spiritual components that need to be acknowledged as well. This course presents a working definition of, and the rationale for, postmortem care. It provides the proper procedure to use for performing postmortem care in any care setting, as well as specific considerations for providing this type of care.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Non-Licensed Direct Care (DSP, HHA, CNA, DCW, PCA, IHA, NA)


California Department of Public Health (CNA)


Relias, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the California Department of Public Health, Provider # NAC7001.

The certificate must be retained by the licensee for a period of four (4) years after the course is completed.

This learning activity meets the definition of *** ONLINE *** CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (ALL Direct Care Workers)


Relias Learning, LLC is approved as a Curriculum Developer by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours for all WA State Direct Care Workers. Training Provider Code: WA0624. CE Approval Code: CO1619341

Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-PC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Define postmortem care.
Recall the purpose for providing postmortem care.
Use the proper procedure for postmortem care within your care setting.
Recognize specific cultural and spiritual considerations for acknowledging death and providing post-mortem care.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Postmortem Care A. Meet Sabine and Mr. Bell B. What is Postmortem Care? C. Organ Donation and Autopsy D. The Purpose of Postmortem Care E. The First Time F. Review G. Summary Section 3: Cultural and Spiritual Considerations A. Cross-Cultural Understanding B. Spiritual Understanding C. Common Practices D. Review E. Summary Section 4: The Procedure A. Your Role B. What to Expect C. Supplies D. Before the Procedure E. The Procedure F. Review G. Summary Section 5: Postmortem Care in Different Settings A. Care After Death B. Respect & Dignity C. Personal Items D. Review E. Summary Section 6: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; Entry, Intermediate level Direct Care Workers; in the following settings: Hospice, Palliative Care, Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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