2. Supporting the Role of the Parent
This chapter discusses the importance of the parent’s role in the dying process. In death, as in life, parents are generally the child’s main comfort. The nurse’s role is to guide and support the parents and the child. This support must include respect of the parent's knowledge, culture, and communication style. The death of a child is quite possibly the hardest experience parents will have in their lives, so nurses should learn how best to support and guide them.