Applying Palliative Care Principles to Communicate With Children About COVID-19

Meaghann S. Weaver, Lori Wiener

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Children are seeing rapid changes to their routines and facing an unpredictable future. Palliative care teams may consider expanding their communication training and skill sets to help families consider caring ways to communicate with their children and grandchildren about the coronavirus. Palliative care teams are wise to encourage families to ground their communication with children on key values: honesty and trust, self-compassion, safety, sensitivity, connection, preparedness, community building, recognition of death as a part of the life cycle, and legacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e8-e11
JournalJournal of Pain and Symptom Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Pediatric
  • children
  • communication
  • coronavirus
  • pediatric palliative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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