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Klin Padiatr. 2002 Jul-Aug;214(4):247-51.

[Parents and oncology team members are getting together after the death of a child. Report from Children's hospital Tübingen].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung Hämatologie/Onkologie der Universitätsklinik für Kinderheilkunde und Jugendmedizin Tübingen, Germany.


The death of a child after an oncologic disease gives rise to feelings of mourning, loss and anger in family members and often also in oncology team members. All people involved need to find ways of coping with these emotions and thought. Therefore, the oncology team of the Children's Hospital Tuebingen has, for many years, offered communicative sessions to relatives of a deceased child. Based on years of experience, the author's aim is to demonstrate why a communicative session of parents and members of the oncology team after the death of a child may be experienced as supportive and valuable, even necessary for both sides. Guidelines are given on when and how to conduct these sessions. In three case presentations the pertinent elements of these communicative sessions are demonstrated with emphasis on the resulting implications for our daily clinical practice.

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