Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hospice for chilldren to be built in Alberta

This is wonderful news to me: Alberta's 1st children's hospice breaks ground.
Hospice care and palliative care are starting to really come into their own right as medical specialties. Yet, as society accepts the elderly and adults dying from fatal or chronic illness, there's still a tendency to deny that this also happens to our children.

When children die, the support network has to be large because the child's death affects the families and friends in so many ways. While doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals do their best in a hospital environment, it's not the same as receiving care in a place that is dedicated to understanding the reality of a child's death.

No, it's not a pleasant thing to think about, but by denying families access to specialized places, we aren't going to make their children live any longer.

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