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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165634
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Development of a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Grief Center
Author(s):
Bennett, G.
Author Details:
G. Bennett, Wellmont Hospice, Bristol, Tennessee, USA
Abstract:
Grief has many faces, but perhaps none so poignant as that of pediatric grief. The grief work of a child is unique, individualistic, and distinctly different from that of adults. Although as many as 2% of all children lose a parent before the age of 18, there is a distinct lack of pediatric grief resources and counseling services, particularly in rural areas. Parents are not given information or counseling on how to discuss bereavement issues with their children. Teachers and school counselors generally do not feel adequately prepared to deal with children who have experienced a loss. There is also growing evidence that inadequate support during and following the childhood loss of a parent may complicate the grieving process and negatively impact the child's physical and psychological health status into adulthood. The development of a multidisciplinary grief resource center was undertaken to address and begin to resolve some of these difficulties. The primary goal of this undertaking was to provide pediatric grief counseling services and resources in a rural community and to enhance existing adult grieving services. A trio of oncology nurses applied for and received a seed-grant to initiate this project. A multidisciplinary board of directors was formed including oncology nurses, an oncologist, social workers, school counselors, grief counselor, parish nurse, and a hospice volunteer coordinator. A director was hired to set up the center and to begin seeking other sources of continued funding. A multidisciplinary, community-wide educational program is to be offered. Following this, a multidisciplinary volunteer group will be offered a series of training classes in pediatric grief counseling. The center will offer pediatric grief counseling, group counseling, and parental classes. A pediatric grief camp is being planned. The grief center library will hold books, videos, audios, and software resources on pediatric grief and will serve as a resource for community education on the grieving process. This project is an example of the impact that a multidisciplinary team lead by oncology nurses can make on a rural community.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDevelopment of a Multidisciplinary Pediatric Grief Centeren_GB
dc.contributor.authorBennett, G.en_US
dc.author.detailsG. Bennett, Wellmont Hospice, Bristol, Tennessee, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165634-
dc.description.abstractGrief has many faces, but perhaps none so poignant as that of pediatric grief. The grief work of a child is unique, individualistic, and distinctly different from that of adults. Although as many as 2% of all children lose a parent before the age of 18, there is a distinct lack of pediatric grief resources and counseling services, particularly in rural areas. Parents are not given information or counseling on how to discuss bereavement issues with their children. Teachers and school counselors generally do not feel adequately prepared to deal with children who have experienced a loss. There is also growing evidence that inadequate support during and following the childhood loss of a parent may complicate the grieving process and negatively impact the child's physical and psychological health status into adulthood. The development of a multidisciplinary grief resource center was undertaken to address and begin to resolve some of these difficulties. The primary goal of this undertaking was to provide pediatric grief counseling services and resources in a rural community and to enhance existing adult grieving services. A trio of oncology nurses applied for and received a seed-grant to initiate this project. A multidisciplinary board of directors was formed including oncology nurses, an oncologist, social workers, school counselors, grief counselor, parish nurse, and a hospice volunteer coordinator. A director was hired to set up the center and to begin seeking other sources of continued funding. A multidisciplinary, community-wide educational program is to be offered. Following this, a multidisciplinary volunteer group will be offered a series of training classes in pediatric grief counseling. The center will offer pediatric grief counseling, group counseling, and parental classes. A pediatric grief camp is being planned. The grief center library will hold books, videos, audios, and software resources on pediatric grief and will serve as a resource for community education on the grieving process. This project is an example of the impact that a multidisciplinary team lead by oncology nurses can make on a rural community.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:22:12Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:22:12Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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