n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses : what the GP should know

Volume 29, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Death in childhood is not regarded as normal, but despite all our efforts at 'saving children', death in childhood still happens. There is also a subset of children for whom death in childhood is anticipated and can be regarded as a normal outcome of the child's condition (e.g. trisomies, inoperable heart conditions). The death of a child is regarded by the (DSM) as a 'catastrophic stressor' for a parent - on par with experiencing a 'natural disaster'. Yet, why do we learn so little as health professionals about how to deal with it?

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