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

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  • Centre for Outcomes and Experience Research in Children’s Health, Illness and Disability, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London; Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford
  • Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham


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