The whole family is on an emotional rollercoaster. Its understandable and perfectly normal to feel this way; it wont last forever!
Dos and Don’ts
One of the most difficult things to do is not only maintain normality but also remained composed when in reality you are crumbling inside.
You must remember that it’s ok not to be okay.
The following text is a guideline. These are not hard and fast rules and at a highly emotional time it’s perfectly normal not to hold it together.
Try to maintain a routine at home, such as the child’s usual school run, meal time s and after - school activities.
Enlist family and friends to help out where they can. Certainly remember you don’t have to do it all yourself.
Inform schools of the situation and keep them updated. Teachers can be asked to stay vigilant for changes in behaviour or difficulties with completing homework and offer support accordingly. Some schools have mentors or counsellors who are trained to help children going through distressing times.
Suggest that the child make a card, write a letter or record a message for their parent. They could take this to the hospital if they are visiting or you could take it for them. This will help them to feel that they are communicating with their parent and being useful.
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Issue 4, 2019 (August)