Improving care of dying children

West J Med. 1995 Sep;163(3):258-62.


Every year about 5,000 children aged 0 to 14 years need hospice care in the United States. Children seem to know that they are dying, although this is difficult for parents to accept. Clear, empathic understanding is needed. Communication with clarity and understanding is imperative with the changes in goals from cure to palliation to comfort. The ideal place for most dying children is at home, where symptoms can be managed as effectively as in a hospital.

MeSH terms

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Bereavement
  • Child
  • Comprehension
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Siblings
  • Terminal Care* / psychology
  • Withholding Treatment