Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care
A non-profit partnership workingto enhance care for children with life-threatening conditions througheducation and research, including a seven-hospital pilot project andtraining of caregivers around the country. Phone: 617-618-2822
Children's Hospice International
A non-profit advocacy, support andeducation group and lead agency working with several states on developingnew models of care for critically ill children. Phone: 1-800-2-4-CHILD
When Children Die
The National Institute of Medicine's 2002 report on theproblems in end-of-life care and recommendations to do better.
Ronald McDonald House of Baltimore
A home away from home for seriously ill children, who are undergoing treatment at a Baltimore hospital, and theirfamilies. Phone: 410-528-1010
Resources for seriously ill children:
The Starbright Foundation
A non-profit group led by Steven Spielbergthat creates projects to help children cope medically and emotionally withillness. Uses entertainment, relaxation and other techniques to help kidsprepare for procedures. Includes Web-based program that allow sick kids toconnect with peers in other hospitals. Phone: 310-479-1212
Support, message groups, games and other help for children withchronic, serious or life-threatening illnesses or disabilities.
Harriet Lane Compassionate Care, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Support and services for critically ill children at Hopkins, also grief andbereavement help. Phone: 410-955-0055.
A support group for any parent who has lost a child, no matter what age.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
Support, education andadvocacy for families and children with cancer, also has message boards forparents.
Parents' Guide to Medical Research
An interactive Web site from the Children's Hospital Boston, funded by the National Institutes of Health. The site helps parents make informed decisions about their child's participation in medical research.
Books for parents:
Shelter from the Storm: Caring for a Child with a Life-Threatening
Condition, by Dr. Joanne Hilden and Dr. Daniel Tobin, 2003.
A practicalguide full of emotion and wisdom that addresses parents' worst fears.
Home Care for Seriously Ill Children, third edition, editors Stacy Orloffand Susan M. Huff, 2003.
A manual for parents from Children's HospiceInternational.
Armfuls of Time: The Psychological Experience of the Child with a
Life-Threatening Illness, by Barbara M. Sourkes, 1995.
A veteran therapistgives a rare look into the world of dying children.
Hannah's Gift, Lessons from a Life Fully Lived, by Maria Housden, 2002.
Amother tells the story of her daughter Hannah, and what she learned fromher life and death.
The Bereaved Parent, by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff, 1978.
Schiff is a bereavedparent and journalist. She gives practical advice on coping with a child'sdeath and rebuilding the lives of the survivors.
What Forever Means: After the Death of a Child, by Kay Talbot, 2002.
Abereaved parent who is a psychotherapist writes about the trauma of losinga child, and how parents can find a way to live with this loss.
For siblings and other children who are grieving:
Support group, Johns Hopkins Children's Center Phone: 410-955-0055
Camp Jamie, Hospice of Frederick County
A weekend camp for children ages 6 to 14 who have lost a loved one.
A national support group for young brothers and sisters of children with cancer. Phone: 1-866-444-SIBS
Palliative Care for Infants, Children and Adolescents, editors, Dr. Brian Carter and Dr. Marcia Levetown, 2004.
Hospice Care for Children, second edition, editors, Ann Armstrong-Dailey,Sarah Zarbock, 2001.
The Private Worlds of Dying Children, by Myra Bluebond-Langner, 1978.