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Manifestations of death consciousness and the fear of death in children suffering from malignant disease.

Authors
  • Polcz, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta paediatrica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1981
Volume
22
Issue
1-2
Pages
89–97
Identifiers
PMID: 7270139
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The consciousness of death and the fear of death are analysed, and their symptoms, especially as they manifest themselves in children with chronic lethal disease, mostly tumours and leukaemia, are described. Fear of death is not often expressed by direct verbal communication; sometimes it is manifest in illusions, jokes, plays, dreams, etc. Basically, it is a fear of separation. One should struggle against it until the last moment with occupational therapy, regular teaching, free visiting time, frequent permissions to go home, activity, affection and love.

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