Speaking to the deceased child: Australian health professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care

Forster, Elizabeth M. and Windsor, Carol (2014) Speaking to the deceased child: Australian health professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 20 (10). pp. 502-508. ISSN 1357-6321


Supporting a dying child and family surrounding the child's death is one of the most significant and challenging roles undertaken by health professionals in paediatric end-of-life care. An Australian study of parent and health-professional constructions of meanings around post-mortem care and communication revealed the practice of health professionals speaking to a child after death. This practice conveyed respect for the personhood of the deceased child, recognised the presence of the deceased child, and assisted in involving parents in their child's post-mortem care. Such findings illuminate an area of end-of-life-care practice that is not often addressed. Talking to a deceased child appeared to be a socially symbolic practice that may promote a continued bond between parent and child.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2017 04:13
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bereavement; Continuing bonds; End-of-life care; Grief; Paediatric; Parents; Post-mortem care; Australia; Child; Health Personnel; Humans; Nurse-Patient Relations; Parents; Professional-Family Relations; Terminal Care;
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.10.502
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31898

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