One can hardly imagine something sadder than a parent losing a child and a sibling losing a brother or sister. Sadly, this happens every day when children die of chronic or terminal illnesses. Some also die of defects from birth. While the basis of palliative care remains the same with children as it is with adults, there are many differences as well. The staff play a role in treating the whole family as they move through this end-of-life stage.
The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, has some insightful and interesting information for families who need palliative or hospice care. There is a second page of information as well.