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Supporting Adolescents with a Parent in Hospice 

Supporting Adolescents with a Parent in Hospice
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Supporting Adolescents with a Parent in Hospice
Author(s):

Denice Sheehan

, Pamela Stephenson

, M. Murray Mayo

, Diane Snyder Cowan

, and Dana Hansen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0065
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date: 18 October 2019

Adolescence is a period of intense, accelerated physical and psychological change. It is an especially difficult time for young people confronting the life-limiting illness and death of a parent. Loss of a parent is devastating to an adolescent and may result in both emotional distress and long-term functional impairment. By providing multiple avenues to encourage the expression and release of painful feelings, family members and clinicians can help adolescents cope more effectively with their grief and promote eventual acceptance and healing. To comfort and support grieving adolescents with a parent in hospice, an understanding of adolescent development, effective communication strategies, and spiritual awareness is helpful for family members and clinicians.

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