So often, the siblings of critically ill children experience circumstantial neglect
when their brother or sister is hospitalized.
This is not to fault the parents at all…
EAMF understands that the main focus and resources need
to be directed towards the sick child and their treatment.
However, this can lead the siblings to feeling lost and invisible.
At EAMF, we “get it.”
We get that parents don’t have enough time, energy, or emotional strength…
they are just tapped out.
We get that siblings are vulnerable to a wide range of feelings…
feelings of fear, of being a burden to their overly stressed parents,
conflicted feelings of worry, jealousy, and even hatred for their sick sibling.
We get that there are no other social programs
devoted strictly to the siblings of pediatric patients.
Most childhood cancer/illness organizations focus on the sick child
and will only sometimes “include” the sibling in special events.
We get the fact that there is a need for someone to reach out
and help ease the guilt that these parents are feeling.
We are not therapists,
we are not claiming to heal the emotional scars of pediatric illness…
but we can limit the size of the wound.
The EAMF Sibling Programs are unique and groundbreaking.
All the events are designed for the Siblings ONLY,
giving them the opportunity for their Stars to Shine while receiving
the individual attention they need and rightly deserve.