Common feelings after the injury

It is common for parents to feel many different emotions following their child’s injury, including but not limited to stress, guilt, worry, anxiety, grief, sadness, hopelessness, isolation, and anger. Although it is a challenging time, you might also feel relieved that it was not even worse. This section describes some of the common emotions experienced by parents.

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Who can help?

Over half of the people we spoke to when creating this website found that their family were a good source of support. Friends and neighbours could also be helpful. Nursing staff, psychosocial professionals (psychologists / counsellors / psychotherapists), play specialists, other parents who have been through a similar experience (peers), social workers, teachers, religious communities, and researchers were also listed as supportive by the parents we spoke to. Following your child’s burn injury, you might have even found yourself accessing services that you never knew existed before.

Support can be either emotional or practical, or both. Practical support might be from those around you, for example, taking care of the shopping, cooking, childcare, or providing transport to appointments. Emotional support can come from those who are able to be there to talk and listen to you.

“When people offer you help, ask them what help they can give. It’s easier to actually ask for it if they’ve told you what they can do.”

Let others know what they can do to help you. It may not be obvious to them unless you tell them. Misunderstandings can be avoided if you make your needs clear. Most people want to help others who are in a difficult situation, but they might not know how to help, or might not feel able to ask. By letting them know what you would like help with, they can offer the assistance that they feel able to provide.

You might find that family members or friends provide all the support you need. However, if you want to talk to someone who is not so closely connected, or to a professional, you can click here to find out more about different sources of support.