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Doctor insights on: Extracurricular Activities For Grieving Kids

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Grief (Definition)

Grief is a normal reaction to a major loss, and is full of unhappiness and emotional pain. Events causing grief include the end of a significant personal relationship, the death of a loved one, or another traumatic life-changing event. Each person feels grief in his own way, but there are common stages to grieving. The process begins with recognizing a loss and continues over time until a person ...Read more


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How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment. ...Read more

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Having grief at home, being messed around seeing kids, works physically and mentally hard.. i now feel that bad .. i started feelng sick and emotional?

Having grief at home, being messed around seeing kids, works physically and mentally hard.. i now feel that bad .. i started feelng sick and emotional?

Stress: It sounds like you have multiple issues happening that now are making you physically Ill. See your doctor and arrange for support and counseling . Until then try to unload some stress if you can. All the best. ...Read more

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Advice? When counseling children in grief of loss what are the precautions to take?

Advice? When counseling children in grief of loss what are the precautions to take?

Some Thoughts: Don't force agenda. Children grieve their own timetable. They may be playing happily one minute, & ready to talk the next. Let child pick communication style. Some kids prefer to let puppets or stuffed animals "talk" it out for them. Some express in art. Talking may be easier while walking, looking through pictures. Answer the question, even if it is a really hard one see below for more. ...Read more

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Feeling stressed dealing with the grief of loosing my 3 year old on boxing day. Want more kids, but scared. Affects on conception attempts?

Feeling stressed dealing with the grief of loosing my 3 year old on boxing day. Want more kids, but scared. Affects on conception attempts?

Scared: Very sorry about your terrible loss, but glad you are thinking positive for the future. Your fears and feelings should not have significant impact on your ability to conceive again when you are ready. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is best way to deal with grief?

What is best way to deal with grief?

Allow feelings: A lot of people try to suppress feelings of loss, but this does not help process grief. Accept help and support from family and community. A memorial service sharing stories of the deceased can help. Let yourself weep, if it comes. Accept hugs; give hugs. Listen to music. Listen to others who are missing the same person. Take walks, get good rest. Feed self well. Massage can help nurture. ...Read more

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What can be done about extreme grief?

What can be done about extreme grief?

Time for support: Grief needs community in which to express and heal. This means friends, loved ones, grief support groups, and sometimes professional counseling/psychotherapy if grief gets "stuck." conflicted relationships with the deceased in life, may lead to more difficult grief work after death. It can help to share stories about the deceased with others who also knew him/her. Ceremonies can be healing too. ...Read more

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What to do to help my grieving sister?

What to do to help my grieving sister?

Remind her that you: Love her. Listen with your ears and your heart. Encourage her to use resources like her pastor, friends and relatives. If she becomes "stuck" in the grief process - let her now that counseling with a therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist may help. ...Read more

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What is kubler-roth contribution to grieving?

Kübler-Ross : Kübler-ross developed a model for grieving/ loss – five stages of grief. ...Read more

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Could the 5 stages of grief only apply to deaths?

Could the 5 stages of grief only apply to deaths?

Multiple uses: I talk about the 5 stages all the time! The 5 stages of grief can apply to any area of life in which you feel a major loss. Health, relationships, independence, etc. Grief can come about for many reasons, including death. Just because they often occur together does not mean they are exclusive. Great insight in recognizing that!! ...Read more

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