BT Counselor Tips for Having Difficult Discussions as a Family
Emotions may arise as you and your family experience difficult news. Sharing your feelings with others helps to process thoughts and aids in identifying additional support that may be needed. Consider reflecting and discussing the following questions as a family.
- What questions or thoughts do you have? What is provoking these thoughts, and how can I help you find the answers?
- What feelings are present as you process this information?
- What additional support do you need based on these feelings?
- What coping strategies are helpful to you in situations that may evoke strong emotions?These coping strategies may include talking to a trusted adult, journaling, taking a walk, or other forms of physical activity, deep breaths, and participating in an activity that creates pleasant emotions.
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