Pediatric palliative care focuses on relieving pain and enhancing the quality of life of children with severe, life-limiting, or life-threatening conditions. At Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., our pediatric palliative care team uses a variety of therapies to help these children feel better (physically and emotionally) — no matter what kind of condition or prognosis they face.

In order to continue to provide opportunities for seriously ill children and their families to live their lives to the fullest, we need to enhance our program with additional staff resources such as a part-time chaplain and a dedicated Child Life specialist who will enrich patients’ lives with art, music, theater, and memory-making.

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“A pediatric palliative care program is necessary for the quality of life for a critically ill child and their family. It is imperative to minimize the child's pain, while guiding and nurturing the family during this most difficult time of their lives. An effective palliative care program will reach beyond the walls of the hospital and help sustain the family for years to come."

Diana, a mother, who (after the loss of her child)
championed the effort for the creation of a pediatric palliative care program at duPont Hospital for Children

“We love our team at Nemours and we feel loved by them … Everyone takes care of Lucy first then takes care of her medical needs. It’s made a huge difference for our family.”

Nicole, mother of Lucy, age 3,
who has mitochondrial disease (a chronic genetic disorder)

Elissa Miller, MD Discusses Palliative Care