Speaking to the deceased child: Australian health professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care

Title

Speaking to the deceased child: Australian health professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care

Creator

Forster EM; Windsor C

Publisher

International Journal Of Palliative Nursing

Date

2014

Description

Supporting a dying child and family surrounding the child's death is one of the most significant and challenging roles undertaken by health professionals in paediatric end-of-life care. An Australian study of parent and health-professional constructions of meanings around post-mortem care and communication revealed the practice of health professionals speaking to a child after death. This practice conveyed respect for the personhood of the deceased child, recognised the presence of the deceased child, and assisted in involving parents in their child's post-mortem care. Such findings illuminate an area of end-of-life-care practice that is not often addressed. Talking to a deceased child appeared to be a socially symbolic practice that may promote a continued bond between parent and child.
2014-10

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

502-508

Issue

10

Volume

20

Citation

Forster EM; Windsor C, “Speaking to the deceased child: Australian health professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 31, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14912.

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