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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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Therapeutic Play and Creative Arts: Helping Children Cope with Illness, Death, and Grief

Therapeutic Play and Creative Arts: Helping Children Cope with Illness, Death, and Grief

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(p.305) 13 Therapeutic Play and Creative Arts: Helping Children Cope with Illness, Death, and Grief
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Hospice Care for Children
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Christina D. Brown

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.003.0014

This chapter examines the role of therapeutic play and creative arts in helping terminally ill children cope with illness, death, and grief. It explains that therapeutic play facilitates expression, coping, and mastery, and addresses the child's need to express feelings, solve problems, and work through or resolve conflicts or distress. Child life specialists play an important role in therapeutic play by providing developmentally appropriate explanations and descriptions of what children will experience and by giving children opportunities to examine and manipulate equipment used in their care.

Keywords:   therapeutic play, creative arts, terminally ill, child life specialist, terminal illness, death, grief

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