When faced with sadness and grief, children cope in a variety of ways, based on their development. They typically experience the death of a loved one differently than adults. However, like adults, children benefit from being involved in the grief process in meaningful and healing ways. Siblings of children with life-threatening illnesses or at the end of their life need opportunities to process the grief associated with the loss of their sibling. Certified Child Life Specialists at American Family Children’s Hospital create ways for children to express themselves. Helping families connect with each other during the grief process is one way the Pediatric Palliative Care Team supports the whole family in creating their own meaningful legacy.Read more
I recently lost my father, whom I love so dearly and deeply.
It has only been a few months, but I feel that I can offer something in this blog to families as a mother, as a pediatrician, and as a daughter. If you are placed in this situation, it is important to understand that you cannot be the perfect parent/caregiver as you help your children. Even with perfect finesse, insight and resources, this process will still be difficult for your child.