The sudden death of a child is probably the most devastating event for any family. The way a family copes with the death depends on many variables, including the care given by health professionals. This article looks at the practicalities including early contact, providing information, funeral arrangements, culture and grief, involving other children and the long-term effects.
Culturally appropriate care in the community requires the health professional to be aware not only of the culture of those in our care, but also of the cultural assumptions we bring to our interactions with patients. This article covers effective communication, trained interpreters, traditional healthcare and body language.