“Will You Remember Me?”: Talking with Adolescents About Death and Dying

Maryland Pao, Margaret Rose Mahoney

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This article describes the preparation, rationale, and benefits of talking with adolescents who have life-threatening or life-limiting illness about advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life concerns in a developmentally sensitive manner. The first step is to ensure that a health care provider is ready to work with adolescents in ACP discussions by taking a self-inventory, learning communication skills, and understanding individual barriers. The authors then outline how to assess patient and family readiness, including developmental, cultural, personal, and psychosocial considerations. Evidence-based techniques for respectfully and productively engaging adolescents in ACP conversations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-526
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Advance care planning
  • Decision-making
  • End-of-life
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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