Pain, Palliative Care

“Treat your children well!” Thoughts on Life Before Death Film 21


Thanks to Life Before Death for covering Pediatric Palliative Care. But the title of their series is almost at odds with Pediatric Palliative Care.  Children are not meant to die.  Parents are not meant to bury their children.  Surely Life before Death in children is inconsistent with palliative care in children.

There are two things that strike me about these thoughts as I write them. 

1. The concept of children “not dying” is a very High Income Country thought. Death of children is very high from both communicable and non-communicable diseases in many low and middle income countries. The death of children is unfortunately not a stranger to many in world.

2. Children demonstrate the full meaning of “life before death.” Their will and desire to be normal kids in the face of a life limiting illness continues to amaze me. To go to school and parks, to play, to be normal children. And also to be without pain so they can do these normal activities.

As World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2011 comes and goes, lets not forget the children.  Perhaps Crosby Stills and Nash song would consider changing the words of their song?

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