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If one of my kids is in the hospital, how can I make my other children feel included if they can't go to the hospital?

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At times when children may not be permitted to visit the hospital, ask siblings to draw pictures or make cards to put in the sick child's room. Ask them to collect some of the sick child's personal items, such as books or stuffed animals, to be sent to the hospital.

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 Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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 Dan Brennan on October 5, 2019

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