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Rachel writes about children and parental life-limiting illness and death. This includes academic papers, books and resources.

Journal Articles

Fearnley, R. and Boland, J.W. (2017) Communication and support from health care professionals to families, with dependent children, following the diagnosis of parental life-limiting illness: A systematic review. Palliative Medicine, 31(3): 212 – 222.

Fearnley, R. (2015) Writing the 'penultimate chapter': How children begin to make sense of parental terminal illness. Mortality, 20(2): 163 – 177.

Fearnley, R. (2012) Supporting children when a parent has a life-threatening illness: the role of the community practitioner. Community Practitioner 85(12): 22 – 25.

Fearnley, R. (2010) Death of a Parent and the Children's Experience: Don't Ignore the Elephant in the Room. Journal of Interprofessional Care 24(4): 450-459.

Fearnley, R. (2010) Children and bereavement: Living with a dying parent, Inside Palliative Care, 12: July 2010: 22 - 23.


Fearnley, R. (2012) Communicating with Children when a Parent is at the End of Life. London: Jessica Kingsley.

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Fearnley, R. (2012) Let’s Talk About Dying: Helping professionals to communicate to family members, Speechmark.


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