How I approach expressing condolences and longitudinal remembering to a family after the death of a child

Meaghann S. Weaver, Wendy G. Lichtenthal, Kara Larson, Lori Wiener

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Abstract

Bereaved families fear their child being forgotten by those who knew their loved child, including their child's oncology team. Thoughtfully timed, family-centric condolences shared by pediatric oncology team members have the potential to extend our compassion and kindness toward a family during the darkness of grief. Well-intended medical teams sometimes feel “at a loss” in terms of what to say to a grieving family and how or when to say it. This paper provides a tangible overview of written or verbal condolence communication in a format that can be personalized to the provider and the patient's family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere27489
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

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Keywords

  • bereavement
  • condolences
  • death and dying
  • pediatric oncology
  • pediatric palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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How I approach expressing condolences and longitudinal remembering to a family after the death of a child. / Weaver, Meaghann S.; Lichtenthal, Wendy G.; Larson, Kara; Wiener, Lori.

In: Pediatric Blood and Cancer, Vol. 66, No. 2, e27489, 01.02.2019.

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