Books that may help you

  • Le deuil à vivre, M. F. Bacqué, éd. Odile Jacob, 2000.
  • La mort intime, M. De Hennezel, éd. Laffont, 1995.
  • L’amour ultime, M. De Hennezel et Y. Montigny, éd. Hatier, 1991.
  • Apprivoiser l’absence, adieu mon enfant, A. Ernoult-Delcourt, éd. Seuil, 1992.
  • Vivre le deuil au jour le jour, Ch. Faure, éd. Albin Michel, 1995.

Bereavement experienced by children

The whole family is in mourning. For children, questions and anxieties may resurface much later because perception of the reality of death varies greatly depending on age.

Up to the age of 3, death has no meaning for a child. It is still in a magical world, death is not final, it is reversible.

Between 4 and 6, the states of life and death are not antagonistic. They are two different states. Death is always present. He is in heaven, but he sees and hears what is happening on earth. A child does not fear death as do adults, it feels immortal but it suffers from separation.

Selina C. est médecin en pédiatrie aux HUG depuis 17 ans. Un service disponible jour et nuit pour les enfants et les parents où les belles histoires ne sont pas rares comme celle de cette petite fille, atteinte d’un cancer et guérie, qui, cette année, s’est inscrite en fac de médecine.

Medical Activities

The General Pediatrics Division cares for all pediatric pathologies. It is multidisciplinary, drawing on a pool of residents and senior residents, accompanied by experienced senior physicians.

It is structured into several units and offers various types of consultations and specialized programs:

Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care


Mission of the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Division

  • To provide care for all newborns, infant or child whose vital functions are threatened and who requires monitoring or therapy subject to intensive medicine.
  • To support patients and their loved ones in these crisis situations
  • To make every effort, in close collaboration with their immediate family, to provide all that is necessary and possible to improve the quality of life and chances of survival of children in a state that requires monitoring or specialized treatment.
  • To achieve and maintain a level of excellence over the long term, the effort depends on four components: clinical care, training-education, humanitarian projects as well as research, with the utmost respect for the children and their parents, and to improve their condition.