Posthumous reproduction and palliative care

Caprice Knapp*, Gwendolyn Quinn, Bethanne Bower, Laurie Zoloth

*Corresponding author for this work

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Posthumous reproduction is an issue fraught with legal, ethical, religious, and moral debate. The involvement of the hospice and palliative care community in this debate may be peripheral due to the fact that other health care professionals would be actually delivering the services. However, the hospice and palliative care community are more likely to treat patients considering posthumous reproduction as they near the end of their lives. This article provides the hospice and palliative care community with a review of the medical, ethical, and legal considerations associated with posthumous reproduction. Having knowledge of these issues, and a list of available resources, will be useful if hospice and palliative care staff find themselves facing a patient or family that is considering posthumous reproduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)895-898
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of palliative medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • General Nursing


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