Bereavement support after the death of a child with cancer: implications for practice

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The effects of bereavement are unique and support must be individually tailored. The role of the general practitioner (GP) in paediatric cancer palliative care is wide-ranging and challenging, yet little is known about offered bereavement support in this context. We carried out an in-depth secondary analysis of text relating to bereavement support from a semi-structured interview study exploring GPs’ and parents’ experiences. Findings highlight the importance of early GP-initiated face-to-face contact with parents, exploring opportunities for innovative practice and maintaining close collaboration with hospital-based teams. A co-ordinated, equitable and sustainable approach to bereavement support may help address identified GP knowledge deficits and time-pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-20
Number of pages9
JournalBereavement Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2020


  • bereavement
  • cancer
  • death of a child
  • general practitioner

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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