Original ArticlesThe Role of Forensic Death Investigators Interacting With the Survivors of Death by Homicide and SuicideBaumann, Robin RN, CCRN, CNRN, MSN1; Stark, Sharon RN, APN-C, CFN, CPG PhD2Author Information Author Affiliations:1CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, NJ; and 2Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Correspondence: Sharon Stark, RN, APN-C, CFN, CPG PhD, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764. E-mail: [email protected]. Received July 14, 2014; accepted for publication December 20, 2014 Journal of Forensic Nursing: January/March 2015 - Volume 11 - Issue 1 - p 28-32 doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000058 Buy Erratum Metrics Abstract When sudden unexpected death occurs, an investigation ensues in an attempt to discover the cause and manner of death. Autopsies are performed when reasons for death are not obvious. They are used to provide information, confirm the cause of death, and/or reveal conditions not recognized before death (Hendricks, 2011). One important reason for performing an autopsy is to help families to understand what happened to their loved one so that they can begin the process of grieving. The way that the initial notification and investigation is handled can have a bearing on how a family’s grief progresses. Forensic nurses are in a unique position to bring a holistic approach to death investigation with a focus of care that includes not only the decedent but the surviving loved ones as well (Koehler, 2008). Forensic nurse death investigators can assist families through initial stages of grief in the investigation of death. Erratum In the January–March 2015 issue of Journal of Forensic Nursing in the article by Baumann and Stark, “The Role of Forensic Death Investigators Interacting With the Survivors of Death by Homicide and Suicide,” the affiliation of the author Robin Baumann was incorrect. Baumann’s affiliation should appear as: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ Journal of Forensic Nursing. 11(2):113, April/June 2015. © 2015 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.