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Care of the DyingA pathway to excellence$
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John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.001.0001

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Supporting children as death approaches and afterwards

Supporting children as death approaches and afterwards

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(p.145) Chapter 8 Supporting children as death approaches and afterwards
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Care of the Dying
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Barbara Monroe (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0008

This chapter discusses how to provide children with support before and after death. It begins by looking at the impacts of bereavement on children, before moving on to how health care professionals can help parents help their children through this difficult time. It then moves on to talking and giving information to the children, allowing them to attend funerals and even view the body, and providing support after the death. It also highlights children's understanding of death, which can be concrete (‘dead bodies don't move’) or even abstract (‘everyone will die one day’).

Keywords:   children, support, death, bereavement, parents, understanding

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