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Supporting children and families facing death of a parent: part 1.

Kennedy, Catriona, McIntyre, Rosemary, Worth, Allison and Hogg, Rhona (2008) Supporting children and families facing death of a parent: part 1. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 14 (4). pp. 162-168. ISSN 13576321

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    Abstract/Description

    The aim is to present findings from a review of key literature and from a scoping of current provision of support for children facing the death of a parent. A summary of the findings from these is reported here.

    The methodology involved setting out the background and context to evaluation of a new service aimed at supporting children and families facing the loss of a parent from cancer. Key literature was reviewed and a scoping of current bereavement support for children and families was conducted using online searching, telephone and face-to-face communications.

    The review processes uncovered a range of national
    and local bereavement services. Bereavement was reported as a normal life event and part of human experience. Health, education and social services personnel need to respond to individual needs, accepting that not all bereaved children require complex, longterm
    interventions.

    At national and global levels there was recognition that the needs of bereaved children require careful assessment.
    A complex range of initiatives have been developed across the UK aimed at supporting children facing the death of a family member. The fragmented nature of provision makes it difficult to be comprehensive or all-inclusive when describing service provision in this area.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 13576321
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Bereavement; Grief; Children; Support required; Survey; Support services; Nursing; Literature review;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 362 Social welfare problems & services
    600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610 Medicine & health
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
    R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Item ID: 2433
    Depositing User: Dr. David A. Cumming
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2008 11:41
    Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 13:22
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2433

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