WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
DrGreene.com is dedicated to using information technology to make pediatric wisdom more accessible than ever before. Our goal is to improve children’s health by informing and inspiring those who care for them. By addressing the connection between the health of our children and the health of the environment, we strive to make a difference for both.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Everyone copes with loss in different ways, including children, which can make the process of trying to understand and help your child's grief even more challenging. Here are some ways in which children express their grief:
- Temper tantrums or bouts of uncontrollable crying- By nature, this will happen when you are in a public place or have pressing obligations that are very important to you. This is not an accident. It is at these times that your child will feel the depth of his loss most acutely.
- Regression- This may include waking up more frequently at night, excessive amounts of thumb-sucking, bed wetting , daytime incontinence, returning to baby talk, and, in severe cases, refusing to talk all together.
- Vague physical symptoms including headaches, stomachaches, or “I don’t feel good"- Although it’s important to take these symptoms seriously, it’s also useful to keep in mind that they can be a sign of grieving.
- Excessive worry about family and friends- In particular, they might worry about another loved one dying or becoming ill. Separation anxiety may become pronounced again, as well as fear of doctor and hospitals.
- Guilt- Sometimes kids feel that a person died because of something they did, said, or wished. It is important to identify this and talk about it should it occur.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children’s physicians in a new and rich way. We feel strongly that the Internet should enhance, not replace, the partnership between our readers and their own physicians.
WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE?
Music to Grieve toListening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.
Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.Learn How Sad Music Can Help You