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Caring for Pediatric Patients’ Families at the Child’s End of Life

Journal title
Critical care nurse
Publication year
2015
Author(s)
Mullen, J. E.; Reynolds, M. R.; Larson, J. S.
Pages
46-55; quiz 56
Volume
35
Number
6

Nurses play an important role in supporting families who are faced with the critical illness and death of their child. Grieving families desire compassionate, sensitive care that respects their wishes and meets their needs. Families often wish to continue relationships and maintain lasting connections with hospital staff following their child’s death. A structured bereavement program that supports families both at the end of their child’s life and throughout their grief journey can meet this need.

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