The death of a child is a devastating loss that profoundly affects bereaved parents as well as siblings, extended family and professionals involved in caring for the child. Families experiencing such a tragedy should be met with empathy and compassion. Parents require clear and sensitive communication; they need to understand what happened to their child and to believe that learning from their child’s death will improve care for other children. The process of expertly reviewing all deaths of children is grounded in deep respect for the rights of children and their families. It is important that such processes are coordinated and transparent and avoid causing additional distress to bereaved parents.
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