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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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019



  • 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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