Supporting adults before their child dies (medical settings)

This information is mostly aimed at medical professionals, although it may also be helpful for other professionals involved in a family’s care at this time. Read more

Supporting children when someone has died

Supporting children when someone has died. Read more

Supporting children when someone is dying

Generally parents or main carers are the best people to talk about sad news with their children, but if they are unable to do this then a close relative or caring adult known to the child would be most helpful. Sometimes, however, this difficult task falls to the health professional caring for the person who is dying. Information needs to be sensitively explained as soon as possible so that the children don’t inadvertently find out from someone else or are left for hours anxiously wondering w Read more

When a baby or child has died (medical settings)

At the time of telling parents or carers that their baby or child has died, explain sensitively but clearly what steps will be taken next. Parents in shock can be confused and need your direction and guidance. The same is true for siblings or other children in the family. Read more