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Proposed update to the LCP: children with dying parents
  1. Rebecca Blackwell
  1. Rebecca Blackwell, at the time of writing, was a third-year nursing student, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London. She is now a Staff Nurse, Nuffield Ward, St Christopher’s Hospice, London. Email: r.blackwell{at}


This article is based on a student assignment, the aim of which was to update a clinical framework or guideline in use within the student’s workplace. The framework that forms the basis of this article is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP). The section of the LCP that is updated relates to the care of families. This part of the LCP neglects to provide guidance for the care of children whose parent has a terminal condition and is approaching death. The article justifies the necessity for updating this section of the LCP. The identification and application of evidential literature forming the basis of the recommended alterations is analysed. Based on these findings, an update of the framework is provided with supporting evidence and appendices. It is hoped that the article will provide a greater awareness of the needs of children with a parent who is dying. N.B. This is a proposed update only. It is not an accepted part of the national LCP document and should not be treated as such. Conflicts of interest: none

  • Bereavement
  • Care of children
  • Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient

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