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Dr. Paola Ayora is board certified in General Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. In this blog, she describes her experience working with grieving patients, families, and colleagues, and how this influenced her decision to pursue additional training in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.

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As hard (and painful) as it can be to answer questions about the death of a loved one, it’s an important way that toddlers cope with grief and death and cam help them develop an understanding of what has happened.

As a parent, there will come a time when you will have to have serious talks with your children. No one ever prepares you for these discussions, and if there’s a manual out there I haven’t found it yet. These talks are pretty normal, and as a mom of four I knew they were bound to happen. But what I didn’t know was that one day I would be telling my kids I had mesothelioma cancer. 

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Hope seems like an unattainable goal, yet it becomes visible in articles and books, support from those who understand your journey, changing seasons, living a loved one’s values, memorials in memory of your child, and the kindness of family, friends, and strangers.