Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live (Laisser un héritage pour les enfants et laissant l’héritage rester en vie) by Linda Moxley-Haegart

Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live

This presentation provides an overview of narrative practices used with children who are dying and their families in a hospital palliative care setting. Narrative practices of subordinate storyline development, remembering conversations and definitional ceremony, living documents, and collective narrative practice, are used to allow children to ‘leave a legacy’, and for parents to ‘let the legacy live’. This piece also includes reflections on working in bilingual contexts, as well as some ethical considerations of working with children in oncology settings.



Linda Moxley-Haegert has been using narrative practice ideas and working in child palliative care both in Newfoundland and Montreal since 1991. She currently works as a clinical psychologist  in a hospital, school and college setting. She can be contacted at lmhaegert@yahoo.com.


Laisser un héritage pour les enfants et laissant l’héritage rester en vie

Cette présentation présente la façon dont on peut utiliser la thérapie narrative en milieu hospitalier lorsque des familles ont un enfant gravement malade qui décèdera.

Je me demandais comment je pourrais, dans mon rôle de psychologue et de thérapeute narrative en soins palliatifs pour enfants, aider les familles et engants à exprimer leurs savoirs, leurs compétences, leurs croyances, leurs valeurs et engagements particuliers, d’une manière qui les aiderait. Comment pourrait-on intervenir pour trouver une façon de conserver le sentiment de présence de l’enfant ? Dans cette présentation, je décris comment j’ai répondu à ces questions en utilisant des pratiques narratives pour aider les enfants et les familles avec leurs projets de vie d’identité, laissant une place à la mémoire de l’enfant décédé et aidant les parents à en assurer la pérennité.



Linda Moxley-Haegert travaille à l’aide d’idées de pratique narrative et de soins palliatifs pour enfants À Terre-Neuve et à Montréal depuis 1991. Elle travaille actuellement comme psychologue clinicienne dans un établissement hospitalier, scolaire et collégial. Elle peut être contactée à lmhaegert@yahoo.com.

Published November 25, 2016

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    Sarah O'Connor

    This is so moving. I am studying Narrative therapy in End of Life and also training in an Art-Health Program in Palliative Care which has intrinsic narrative elements to the methodology so I am so inspired by your work. Thank you for your dedication!

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    Ray Lazarus

    Dear Linda
    Catching up with last year’s videos, I’m so glad I started with your inspiring account of the various projects you have been involved in with children and families facing death. A few things that particularly struck me: 1) Your careful honoring of participants’ stories of distress and difficulty – not rushing things, but taking the time to allow alternative stories to emerge. 2)The rich creativity that you document and which those projects allowed to flourish shows a different way of bringing out alternative stories. 3) the care with which you worked with language and translation. All of these are lessons we could learn from here in South Africa. Thank you.

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      Linda Moxley-Haegert

      Thank you so much for your comments Ray. I appreciate your words and they encourage me to continue this work. I love the chance to create with these children and with their parents and appreciate the chance to share these ideas with others. Some of the ideas I learned in South Africa when I went to a conference there, the the learning and the sharing goes round and round. Sincerely, Linda

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