chapter  28
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A Creative Encounter with Anticipatory Loss

ByClaudia Grauf-Grounds

This exercise empowers terminally ill patients to say good-bye to their young children in meaningful ways, and for a transitional object of love to be left for each child. Rationale for Use

Terminal illness often strikes at times when younger family members do not have the cognitive or emotional ability to understand what is occurring. Parents who are dying have limited opportunity to share meaningfully with their young child in the present. Sometimes patients make video or audiotapes to be left for their children to watch and listen to after their death. This exercise provides another way to create connections between a dying parent and his or her child that can be used in the future, and processed in the present.