On The Child's Own Initiative: Parents Communicate With Their Dying Child About Death

Title

On The Child's Own Initiative: Parents Communicate With Their Dying Child About Death

Creator

Jalmsell L; Kontio T; Stein M; Henter JI; Kreicbergs U

Identifier

DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2014.913086

Publisher

Death Studies

Date

2015

Subject

Adolescent; Adult; Attitude To Death; Behavioral Research; Child; Child Behavior; Child Care/psychology; Child Preschool; Female; Humans; Infant; Male; Neoplasms/psychology; Neoplasms/therapy; Palliative Care/psychology; Parent-child Relations; Parents/psychology; Qualitative Research; Sweden; Terminally Ill/psychology

Description

Open and honest communication has been identified as an important factor in providing good palliative care. However, there is no easy solution to if, when, and how parents and a dying child should communicate about death. This article reports how bereaved parents communicated about death with their child, dying from a malignancy. Communication was often initiated by the child and included communication through narratives such as fairy tales and movies and talking more directly about death itself. Parents also reported that their child prepared for death by giving instructions about his or her grave or funeral and giving away toys.

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Citation

Jalmsell L; Kontio T; Stein M; Henter JI; Kreicbergs U, “On The Child's Own Initiative: Parents Communicate With Their Dying Child About Death,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 24, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10921.

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