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Conversation starters

A worksheet to accompany the video ‘Walking Alongside: a guide for health professionals caring for a dying child.

This worksheet is designed for health professionals who do not regularly encounter paediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses and/or paediatric deaths. It accompanies the ‘Walking Alongside’ video, which presents the insights of a group of professionals that regularly cares for patients in these situations (e.g. specialist palliative care and paediatric oncology teams).

The group was interviewed about issues that arise while engaging in this kind of care, and optimal ways to frame thoughts and adjust one’s own behaviour in emotionally challenging situations. Key themes that emerged from the discussion include trust, safety, vulnerability, hope, uncertainty and connectedness.

The following questions are based around these themes. They’re designed to help you and your colleagues begin a conversation with each other. We hope they’ll prompt reflection and help you consider how you might shape your own interactions with families, for emotionally healthier outcomes for you and for them. As everyone’s experiences will be uniquely their own, there are no right or wrong responses.

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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.

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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.

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