What is anticipatory grief?
Anticipatory grief is commonly experienced when you know someone is going to die. You may start to experience feelings associated with grief but before your loved one dies. The following article has been written in collaboration with Rainbow Trust's Family Support Workers who have years of experience supporting families with a seriously ill child.
Supporting siblings of a seriously ill child
Caring for a seriously ill child has a huge effect on the whole family, and siblings will be facing unique and challenging emotions throughout. Knowing how to best support siblings can be overwhelming and worrying for parents and carers. Our suggestions are rooted in the experience of our Family Support Workers, who have years of experience supporting families with a seriously ill child.
Looking after your mental health when caring for a seriously ill child
Caring for a seriously ill child can be incredibly challenging and emotionally draining. It is important to recognise that while you’re focused on the needs of your child, prioritising your own mental health and well-being is very important. This article could be useful for the friends and/or family of somebody with a seriously ill child – it may give you some indication of how to best support them or help you understand their experience.
Supporting Bereaved Siblings
It is common for parents to feel worried about how their children may be impacted by the death of a sibling. We hope this article can offer some reassurance, and practical advice on how to approach supporting your bereaved child after losing a sibling.