Professional counseling for loss of parent?

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Question from susan: Do you think a child who has lost or is losing a parent should get professional counseling?
Answers - Joan Hermann I think it totally depends on how the family has dealt with it up till now. It might be more important for the parent to be talking to somebody so they have the energy and the confidence to reach out to their children, because if the parent is able, the parent is in the best position to be able to help their kids. So it doesn't necessarily call for professional counseling. If the mother is worried that the child isn't doing OK, she can ask for counseling. But just the mere fact that they may lose her doesn't necessarily mean that the children need professional help. When in doubt, go for an evaluation.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Kids and Mom's Breast Cancer featured Joan Hermann, L.S.W. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about talking to your kids about breast cancer.

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