Expressing Condolences to a Family after the Death of a Child #443

Title

Expressing Condolences to a Family after the Death of a Child #443

Creator

Wiener L; Lichtenthal W; Weaver MS

Publisher

Journal of Palliative Medicine

Date

2022

Subject

Bereavement; Child; Death; Family; Humans

Description

Background The origins of the word condolence stem from Latin roots: com ‘together,” and dolere, “to grieve”. Parents grieving the death of their child benefit from condoling words and actions of those around them. Grieving the death of a child differs from other types of bereavement, as children are not meant to precede their parents in death, particularly in modern times. Thus, words of condolence should account for the ground-shattering change experienced within the family’s life. Meaningful, personal, and compassionate letters of condolence can be both a tribute to the child who died and a source of comfort to the parents. Fast Fact #22 discusses condolence letters for the general population.

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Citation List Month

October 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Wiener L; Lichtenthal W; Weaver MS, “Expressing Condolences to a Family after the Death of a Child #443,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 20, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18385.