Palliative care provides comfort to your child and family.
Dealing with the diagnosis of a serious illness in a child is difficult for the entire family. It is important that your child, your family, and you get the support and care you need.Palliative care can help.
“Palliative Care for Children: Support for the Whole Family When Your Child Is Living with a Serious Illness”
This brochure provides an overview of pediatric palliative care and answers questions that parents and families may have, such as:
This vignette shares the story of Rachel—a pediatric patient with neuroblastoma—and her family. The story demonstrates how palliative care can positively influence a patient’s and family’s experience with illness. Video length: 3 min, 58 sec.
Ask about Palliative Care
If you think palliative care could help your child, your family or you, ask for it now. Talk with your child’s health care provider about palliative care.
To see whether a hospital in your area offers a palliative care program, you can go to the Palliative Care Provider Directory of Hospitals to search by state and city.
Additional Palliative Care Resources
For a list of common questions about pediatric palliative care, please visit our "Palliative Care: Conversations Matter®" Frequently Asked Questions page.