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Posted: Jul 9, 2019

Helping Kids Cope with Loss

Written by SMH Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Joelle Vlahakis

Whether it be the loss of a beloved pet, the loss of a friend who moves away, the broken heart of a teenager or the loss of a grandparent who has passed away, grief is very real for children and should be acknowledged. Parents feel obligated to act as guides for children, but when confronting a significant loss, it can be best to follow the child’s lead instead. Learn what grief can look like in children — beyond tears and sadness — and use these tips to help them cope with loss and death. 

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Posted: Oct 22, 2018

Help Fight Drug Abuse, Accidental Poisonings

Written by SMH Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist Nick Scaturo

Expired or unused drugs stored in your cabinets can put you and your family, friends or neighbors at risk. Cleaning out your medicine cabinets and properly disposing of prescription medications helps protect you and your community by getting potentially harmful medications off the street. 

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Posted: Oct 18, 2018

Hands-only CPR How-to ~ SMH TopTips

With SMH Cardiovascular Program Coordinator Jacqueline Krusewki

Do you know what to do if a loved one or friend has a heart attack? Performing hands-only CPR on them can greatly increase their chance of survival. It’s easy to learn—only two steps—and saves lives. Watch this video to learn how.

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Posted: Oct 9, 2018

How to Help a Loved One with Cancer

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

When someone you care about is living with cancer, it’s natural to want to help and support them. But unless you’ve traveled that road yourself, you may be unsure how to help—or even what to say. Here are some ways you can help and be there for your loved one dealing with cancer.

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Posted: Jun 26, 2018

Learning to Live Well with Cancer

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

The cancer journey is a rollercoaster, physically and emotionallyWith the right support and resources, people can and do live well with cancer. Here, an SMH oncology-certified counselor offers a few strategies for coping with cancer.
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