Speaking to the deceased child : Australian Health Professional perspectives in paediatric end-of-life care
Forster, Elizabeth M. & 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.
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 as a socially symbolic practice that may promote a continued bond between parent and child.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, parents, paediatric, grief, end-of-life care, post-mortem care, continuing bonds, paediatric palliative care, paediatric end of life care|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2014 MA Healthcare Limited|
|Deposited On:||18 Nov 2014 23:20|
|Last Modified:||22 Nov 2014 02:43|
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