Option 1: Thought about a child who is dying. Is a death of a child more tragic than the death of a middle age adult or an older adult? What if the child has a chronic condition and the adult experiences sudden death due to an accident? What actions would you take with the parents who child has died-does it matter if the child was ill or it was a sudden death? Describe you communication with the parents.
Option 2: You are caring for a Michael 11 years-old with Benjamin Button’s disease (progeria). Michael asks you if he is dying. He has seen the changes in his body. He knows that he has some kind of rare disease that is causing the problems, and that he comes to the hospital to management of the symptoms. He is currently being treated for cardiac and renal disorders. He has been hospitalized often but with this hospitalization his parents don’t ever leave is room. One of them is always with him. Discuss how you would respond to Michael. What resources could you use to assist in the conversation?