It is an added bonus these days when a doctor not only looks out for your physical well being but also your mental and emotional. Understanding loss and grief is key for doctors in overall treatment of their patients.
The article below covers some of these ideas. Please also review our Bereavement Counseling Training
David J. Schonfeld, M.D., FAAP
he vast majority of children experience the death of a close family member or friend during childhood, and approximately one in 20 experiences the death of a parent.
The death of someone close often has a profound and lifelong impact that may result in both short- and long-term consequences for the child’s psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health and developmental trajectory. Yet, many pediatricians have received little training in this area and feel uncomfortable talking with and supporting grieving children; many families in turn do not view pediatricians as a resource for advice and assistance in this area.
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