Parents experience of using “cold” facilities at a children’s hospice after the death of their baby: A qualitative study

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There is a growing movement in children’s hospice care to offer families time with their baby after death through use of a “cold cot”; however, there is very limited research in this area. We interviewed seven parents (four mothers and three fathers). Our thematic analysis identified six themes: being able to care for my baby in a way that I never had, space and time to adjust to the loss, time as a family, having my baby close, creating memories, and awareness of societal perceptions. The authors conclude that these facilities provided memories, strengthened legacy, and were a valuable experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1501-1507
Number of pages7
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number6
Early online date21 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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