Why would a child need hospice and palliative care?
Hospice is not a “place”, rather it is a philosophy of care that addresses the medical, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual needs of the child and their family. We believe that this care should be available at the time of diagnosis, continue throughout the course of treatment and later guide the family as they transition back into a “normal” life if the child recovers or through their grief if the child dies. By having the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual care available in the beginning, we can help prevent some of the unnecessary pain caused by undue stress, anxiety and fear.
To find more resources, please go to the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition’s website.