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Pediatric PsychooncologyPsychological Perspectives on Children with Cancer$
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David J. Bearison and Raymond K. Mulhern

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195079319

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195079319.001.0001

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Care of the Dying Child and the Bereaved

Care of the Dying Child and the Bereaved

(p.193) 9 Care of the Dying Child and the Bereaved
Pediatric Psychooncology

David J. Bearison

Raymond K. Mulhern

Oxford University Press

The care of children who are dying of cancer and their bereaved families is a growing concern both in this country and others. This chapter discusses the pediatric hospice movement from a historical perspective and identifies issues that have to be considered when offering palliative care to a child dying of cancer, including the needs of the caregivers. It considers the need to formulate new ways of studying death and dying in order to enhance the quality of living for children dying of cancer and provide greater support for their families. The chapter describes some of the existing programs that provide services to dying children and bereaved families.

Keywords:   hospice care, pediatric hospice movement, cancer patients, bereavement

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