Children's needs when facing the death of a parent from cancer: part two

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2007 Dec;13(12):590-7. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2007.13.12.27887.


A small exploratory study was conducted to identify the psychosocial needs of children facing the death and subsequent bereavement of a parent from cancer. The focus was on the palliative phase of care through the bereavement period with the aim of identifying the best way forward in further developing a community-based service for children in Fife. Part one selectively reviewed the literature related to children's and families' needs when facing and dealing with the death of a parent, and described. Part two presents the results and reports the issues which will be considered as a basis for future service development.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Death
  • Attitude to Health
  • Bereavement*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Child of Impaired Parents* / education
  • Child of Impaired Parents* / psychology
  • Communication
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Program Development
  • Psychology, Child
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scotland
  • Social Support