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Bereavement Support Services

Professional Support

Professional Support

Recognition of stress is a key part of successfully coping with the stress and maintaining a healthy mental attitude. Stress is an inescapable part of the job of a SUID/SIDS professional. The death of a child may be the most stressful situation in a program staff member’s career. Professionals may appear anxious and fearful of having to experience this again. Feelings of denial, helplessness and burnout are all very common. Some professionals may even reevaluate their profession.

What can help prevent these symptoms is debriefing with peers and being able to freely share the experience with others and work through any blocks that may interfere with responsibilities. Private counseling may be useful, especially in the absence of consistent and available support.