Saturday, September 19, 2009

Book Review- A New Book On Grief

The Journey Through Grief and Loss

Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief Is Shared

Author: Robert Zucker, M.A. L.C.S.W.

ISBN: 13:978-0-312-37414-3

St. Martin's Griffin- Publisher

  • I am always looking for a good resource for both adults and children on the subject of dealing with grief and The Journey Through Grief and Loss...Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief Is Shared is just such a resource.

  • First, it clearly describes grief as a journey for both you and your child.

  • Second, it gives excellent examples of what occurs in the weeks and months after the death of a loved one.

  • Finally, it describes other aspects of what a family feels and realistic steps to deal with the losses in clear and meaningful ways.

This book is a great resource for families who are grieving. The best part of the book for me was the explanations regarding how children grieve and just how death affects children. I think sometimes we think kids are resilient and don't dwell on the pain, but it clearly can affect a child in many ways. Families dealing with the losses together make the pain much easier to experience.

Check out the book if you or someone you know is suffering the loss of a loved one. It offers the sensitivity and compassion necessary for those who are grieving. Visit the author's website at for more information or or your local book store to purchase your copy. It is one of those books that is timeless and all of us will need it someday.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The flu..oh no

Flu or Cold… What are the symptoms?

The flu season is upon us. Preparation and prevention go a long way to keeping the flu bug at bay but some of us will still come down with a bug. Here are a few differences to compare when deciding whether you or your child has the flu or a cold.

Flu symptoms include the following:

  • Fever on and off for 3-5 days

  • Sudden and severe headache

  • Aches and pains in joints and muscles

  • Extreme exhaustion

  • Sneezing only sometimes

  • Sore throat sometimes

  • Chest discomfort and cough are common

Cold symptoms include the following:

  • Fever is rare and usually low grade

  • Headaches are mild

  • Aching is mild

  • Extreme exhaustion- never

  • Stuffy nose-common

  • Sneezing –common

  • Sore throat-common

  • Chest discomfort and cough are common and usually the cough is a mild hacking type

Prevention is the single most helpful thing families can do to ward off the flu. Flu vaccines are available and should be considered. Hand washing and using hand sanitizer is a must for the prevention of illness of any kind and children should be taught at an early age how to wash hand properly. Staying home, resting, and drinking plenty of fluids will help ease the sypmtoms. Seek medical care immediately if your child has a change in mental status or suddenly appears more ill.

These tips won't keep the bug from hitting, but they may ease the pain. Cough into a tissue, cover your nose when you sneeze, and always, always wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.

When all else fails, go to bed and rest. Staying home and getting the rest you need keeps those bugs from spreading and helps quicken your recovery time.

Here's to keeping to healthy.