Children with terminal or life-threatening conditions often require hospice or palliative care. Hospice and palliative care both focus on helping a person be comfortable by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain or suffering. Hospice focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting patients with a life expectancy of months, not years. Palliative care concentrates on improving the quality of life for an individual with a serious illness and supporting that person and their family during and after treatment.

To help parents and caregivers, the Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides guidelines and resources.