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Hospice Care for Children$
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Ann Armstrong-Dailey and Sarah Zarbock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.001.0001

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Children's Understanding of Death

Children's Understanding of Death

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(p.9) 1 Children's Understanding of Death
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Hospice Care for Children
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Kathleen W. Faulkner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.003.0002

This chapter examines children's age-related understanding of death and the factors that influence it in the context of pediatric hospice care. It discusses the result of various studies which indicate that a child's level of cognitive development is broadly linked to an understanding of the various components of a comprehension of death. The chapter provides a summary of the key characteristics of children's developmental understanding of death and supportive interventions as discussed in the literature.

Keywords:   children, death, cognitive development, supportive intervention, hospice care

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