- Discuss the needs of siblings in standard patient and family-centered care
- Explore tangible interventions for involving siblings
- Share ideas for connecting siblings
Joanna Humphreys, MD at Hamilton Health Sciences
Joanna is a pediatric palliative care physician with the Quality of Life and Advanced Care Team at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Joanna completed her pediatric residency, community pediatrics fellowship and palliative care fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children, where she worked as a staff physician on the palliative care team before transitioning to McMaster. Joanna’s interests include physician wellness, pediatric palliative care education, advanced care planning and childhood grief.
Bridget Veltri, BA, MSc, Child Life Specialist, Juravinski Cancer Center, Hamilton
Bridget Veltri is the Certified Child Life Specialist at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Center in Hamilton, Ontario. Bridget works on the Psychosocial Oncology team with adult patients, their families, and staff to provide support to individuals with children under 18 years old who are impacted by a parent or loved one’s cancer diagnosis. Bridget is a graduate of the MSc Child Life & Paediatric Psychosocial Care program at McMaster University, and completed clinical internships in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Edmonton, Alberta.
Kate Sutherland, BA, Child Life Specialist, Quality of Life and Advanced Care Team, McMaster Children’s Hospital
Resources Mentioned in the Session
- Talking to Kids about Serious Illness
- MindWare Paint-Your-Own Stepping Stone: Dinosaur
- Grieving the death of a sibling
- Helping siblings with grief
- Upopolis – Safely connecting youth who are navigating medical conditions and other stressful life events
- Kemp Hospice Support Line
- The Lighthouse for Grieving Children
- Gilda’s Club (North Simcoe Muskoka)
Session Materials: Slides and Recording
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