Supporting children as death approaches and afterwards

Barbara Monroe

in Care of the Dying

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199550838
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730528 | DOI:
Supporting children as death approaches and afterwards

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This chapter discusses how to provide children with support before and after death. It begins by looking at the impacts of bereavement on children, before moving on to how health care professionals can help parents help their children through this difficult time. It then moves on to talking and giving information to the children, allowing them to attend funerals and even view the body, and providing support after the death. It also highlights children's understanding of death, which can be concrete (‘dead bodies don't move’) or even abstract (‘everyone will die one day’).

Keywords: children; support; death; bereavement; parents; understanding

Chapter.  5095 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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