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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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You Don't Know Till You Ask

You Don't Know Till You Ask

Jumping to Conclusions, Speaking to Children

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 You Don't Know Till You Ask
Source:
The Weeping Willow
Author(s):

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0001

This chapter discusses the importance of talking to children about death in the context of palliative care. It describes the author's experience in inviting a seven-year-old child in a medical class for an interview about death, explaining that the class was surprised about the child's knowledge about death and that the interview was designed to help break the taboo of speaking to children about death. The chapter suggests that during such an interview it is important to pay attention to the way a child gives an answer, both verbally and affectively or through his body language.

Keywords:   children, death, palliative care, interview, medical class, body language

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