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How can you make children feel more normal if their sibling is sick?

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When children must be taken out of their normal comfort zones -- for hospital visits or perhaps for serious talks about the circumstances --let them leave the situation at any time. For example, if one of your children want to visit their sibling in the hospital, they should go with an adult who can take them out of the room as soon as they are ready.

SOURCES:

Chapman, R. L. and Colson, E. R., editors. "Death and Dying: Caring for Sick Children and their Families." Merck Manual Professional. January 2010.

Helene Morgan, LCSW, Comfort and Palliative Care Team, Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

Arden O'Donnell, LCSW, Pain and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.

Kendra Frederick, CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Oncology Unit, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Chapman, R. L. and Colson, E. R., editors. "Death and Dying: Caring for Sick Children and their Families." Merck Manual Professional. January 2010.

Helene Morgan, LCSW, Comfort and Palliative Care Team, Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

Arden O'Donnell, LCSW, Pain and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.

Kendra Frederick, CCLS, Certified Child Life Specialist, Pediatric Oncology Unit, Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital.

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

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