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Family carers of children confronting life-threatening illnesses

Sharon De Graves and Jenny Hynson

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0011
Family carers of children confronting life-threatening illnesses

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This chapter examines the particular needs of family carers of children confronting life-threatening illnesses. It provides an overview of the nature of the various conditions that affect children and discusses various strategies to support family carers and bereavement. The analysis of several case studies reveal that though parental grief can be especially severe and prolonged, some carers are able to reflect positively on the experience of caring for their very sick child.

Keywords: terminally ill children; reflection; bereavement; parental grief

Chapter.  8229 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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