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Pediatr Rev. 2009 Sep;30(9):350-5; quiz 356. doi: 10.1542/pir.30-9-350.

Coping with death.

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Division of Adolescent Medicine, Golisano Children's Hospital, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.

Abstract

Children's concept of death is influenced by experience, culture, and developmental stage. Dying children benefit from open communication about death, based on research findings and clinical experience (summarized in Hurwitz, 2004). Everyone in the family is affected by the loss of a loved one, even the youngest family members. Pediatricians can help families by listening and supporting them during the processes of loss and bereavement.

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19726701
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10.1542/pir.30-9-350
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