The Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (VPPCP) in collaboration with Palliative Care Australia are proud to have released a second series of the podcast ‘Life, Love and Loss: A podcast for families caring for a child who is dying.’
This second series funded by Palliative Care Australia as part of the National Action Plan follows the success of the first series of five episodes launched in 2021.
The second series tackles challenging topics and represents entire family reflections. The families participated in the hope that their thoughts and reflections can support and inform other families who may need to face similar challenges.
“This series honours the experiences of the children and families and shares meaningful, realistic insights. It is hoped that the podcast will guide other families and healthcare professionals in the future to better care for families caring for children with life threatening illnesses,” the VPPCP team said.
Hosted by journalist Lina Caneva, each episode in series two continues to focus on topics relevant to a parent’s experience of palliative care including perinatal palliative care, caring for adolescents at end of life, funerals, rituals and remembrance, hope and spirituality, grief and bereavement and loss one year on and ten years on.
“The topics chosen were identified by families as those that were most meaningful to them and important to be able to share with other families in the future,” the VPPCP team said.
Series two was officially launched on 22 February by Camilla Rowland, CEO of Palliative Care Australia. This was an opportunity for the families who participated in series one and two to come together and celebrate this shared work and outstanding contribution to paediatric palliative care, as well as to acknowledge and thank them for their involvement. Also present at the launch were Dr Jenny Hynson, Medical Director of Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program, the Creative Studio team, VPPCP team and many others who contributed to the creation of these podcasts.
All eleven episodes of both series are accessible on podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the RCH podcasts web page.