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Clinical thanatology and palliative care: facilitators of mourning pediatric cancer

Palliative caregivers and clinical thanatologists are professionals who accompany the dying patients and their families, developing the role of facilitators of symbolic mourning for the losses that occur in the disease process and death. The elaboration of mourning is implemented by educational measures and care practices that promote the welfare and comfort of pediatric cancer patients. Monitoring and care of children with cancer in their terminal phase optimizes the acceptance of death and facilitates the grieving. Epimeleia and resilience are required elements in care practice, because there is in the mortality of the treated the provocation of a temporariness sense of human life.

thanatology; palliative care; grief; death

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