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Pediatric Palliative Care

The Sunflower Program

“The blossom of the sunflower seeks the sun throughout the day, no matter how weak the ray. And, once in full bloom, leaves behind a legacy of new life.”

There’s nothing more difficult than having a child with a life-threatening illness. The child and his/her loved ones need special support and care through this difficult time. The Pediatric Palliative Care team serves infants, children, adolescents and families during this journey with The Sunflower Program.

Through The Sunflower Program, every child with a potentially life-limiting condition and his/her family receive coordinated care to support their choices and opportunities for optimum quality of life.

The program identifies patients who would benefit from palliative care support, and facilitates family conferences to develop a personalized care plan for use in both hospital and hospice.

We also work with patients and families to determine resources – within the hospital and the region – to provide all elements of care and support. We involve all members of the medical care team in developing the best plan for patient and family.

The Sunflower Program also acts as a resource to outlying agencies as home care is coordinated. We provide follow-up to ensure a plan of care is in place after discharge. We can also initiate the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital’s bereavement program.

We are committed to honoring the choices and opportunities of the child and family.

The Pediatric Palliative Care Team:

  • Patient’s physician
  • Case worker
  • Social worker
  • Chaplain
  • Primary nurse
  • Child life specialist
  • Physical therapist
  • Hospice

For more information or to enroll a child, call (509) 474-2806. Or, contact your case manager or social worker.

Links to pediatric palliative care resources:

Palliative Care Organizations

Children’s Hospice International

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Growth House
Guide to death, grief, bereavement, and end-of-life resources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Newsroom
Last Acts Information archives

Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC) Curriculum

Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care

Pediatric End of Life Education

Mount Ida College
Pediatric end-of-life education

Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services (ChiPPS)
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Pain Management

Cancer Pain Management in Children


The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families

The Compassionate Friends