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Children aren't supposed to die. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, healthcare professionals come alongside the family to work for a cure. But sadly, some illnesses cannot be cured. In times like these, pediatric palliative care offers hurting families support and essential services.
Our society does not want to talk about death and dying, and chooses instead to focus on working toward a cure. Physicians often view palliative care as the place to turn only after they've given up - and the best doctors refuse to give up. But when physicians resist calling in the "death squad," they may inadvertently rob a family of hope.