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Making Meaning After the Death of a Child

Journal title
Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Publication year
2018
Author(s)
Clancy, S.; Lord, B.
Pages
xv-xxiv
Volume
27
Number
4

Two bereaved mothers recount how they made meaning after the deaths of their children, recounting how opportunities to tell their stories in medical settings enabled them to construct narratives that promoted resilience and a sense of control. Pediatric palliative care can be conceived as opening space for patients and guardians to tell their stories outside of the specifics of illness, so medical teams can work to accommodate families’ values and goals, thereby initiating the process of meaning making. Viewing videos of parent stories enables medical trainees to enhance their communications skills, empathy, and compassion.

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