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Walking Alongside: A guide for health professionals caring for a dying child

Conversations with parents about their child’s dying are never going to be easy. If you don’t have much experience or training in this area, the best way to gain an understanding of that experience is to listen to others who have been there before. 

The Walking Alongside video and Conversations Starters Guide are designed for health professionals who do not regularly encounter paediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses and/or paediatric deaths. They present the insights of a group of professionals that regularly cares for patients in these situations such as specialist palliative care and paediatric oncology teams.

whichever stage you meet a family during their child’s illness, if the child dies the memory of your interactions and relationship as a health professional may become part of the family’s experience of bereavement.

This kind of communication with parents shouldn’t be limited to families whose child’s illness has been pronounced incurable. Research tells us that the interactions parents have with health professionals in the community and in hospital – from the point of diagnosis onwards – has a considerable impact on their experience of bereavement.

There is a perception that specific professions are responsible for family members’ wellbeing around end-of-life and bereavement: social workers, palliative care and bereavement specialists.

In reality, compassionate care is everyone’s business.

Conversation Starters Guide

Conversation Starters are a package of resources to support health professionals to reflect and discuss with colleagues how best to support a family through the end of their child’s life, and into bereavement.

Download the free Conversation Starters guide

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Relationships
1st Oct

Telling people your child has cancer

Talking about cancer can be daunting. You may have fears about how people will react, and voicing it can make it feel more real somehow

Telling people your child has cancer

Talking about cancer can be daunting. You may have fears about how people will react, and voicing it can make it feel more real somehow

Organising
2nd Sep

Other childhood cancer support services

A list of childhood cancer support services in Australia

Other childhood cancer support services

A list of childhood cancer support services in Australia

Adult mum and daughter hugging

Relationships
30th Sep

Managing family relationships

Going through cancer treatment can lead to some very positive experiences in relationships, but the stress can also cause immense strain.

Managing family relationships

Going through cancer treatment can lead to some very positive experiences in relationships, but the stress can also cause immense strain.

Man reading to his daughter

Emotions
7th Oct

How books can help children with their emotions

It can be hard to talk to your children about how their feeling. In this article, our social workers suggest some books that may help your conversations.

How books can help children with their emotions

It can be hard to talk to your children about how their feeling. In this article, our social workers suggest some books that may help your conversations.