The decision to move from active treatment of a child’s illness to hospice care is always heart-breaking, as this means accepting that recovery is unlikely and that doctors believe the end of life will come within months rather than after the decades of rich, happy life all parents want for their children.
However, it does mean that you and your child’s doctors, nurses, and other caregivers- can focus on providing the best possible quality of life. That means the least pain possible, the greatest happiness, the least fear and the most joy.
What hospice can do for terminally ill children
Whether a patient is 10 years old or 100, we passionately believe that every moment counts. To help make each day as positive as possible, Center for Hospice Care can offer clinical assistance and also emotional and spiritual support.
We also have a pet therapy program (with trained therapy dogs and certified handlers) that can be particularly helpful for children as well as an art therapy program.
For siblings and other family members
The loss of a child can be the hardest to understand and moving on can be extremely difficult for parents. Siblings and other children in the family may also find it hard to process what has happened and come to terms with it.
Center for Hospice Care offers grief support groups and programs especially for those who have lost a child, and also for children who have suffered a loss. We can also offer support to friends, family, and loved ones as part of the hospice care process. All bereavement services are offered free of charge thanks to philanthropic support from our community.
If you’d like to find out more about pediatric hospice care or bereavement support options, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to help.