Coronavirus (700) Talking to children about illness and death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic

5 June, 2020

Dear HIFA and CHIFA members,

I read this today in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health and thought some of you may find it useful - especially the platform of free resources - in helping children struggling with the consequences of COVID-19. Citation and extracts below. Full text here: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30174-7

CITATION: Talking to children about illness and death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic

Elizabeth Rapa, Louise Dalton, Alan Stein

Lancet Child and Adolescent Health

Published: June 04, 2020

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30174-7

EXTRACTS

In the midst of the devastating death toll and hospitalisations from COVID-19, the psychological effect of this unfolding pandemic on children has been unconscionably overlooked...

A platform of free resources [https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/research/covid_comms_support] has been developed to support professionals and families in communicating with relatives and children when a patient is seriously ill or has died...

The news that children currently face might seem almost unspeakable. But, together, we must find words, and ways, to give voice to their experience and prevent millions of children struggling with their fears and uncertainty alone.

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Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org