The easiest way to notify friends is to delegate one person to do the job. Calling one neighbor or close friend prevents numerous tearful conversations. Most parents are at their child's bedside and want to avoid more emotional upheaval, especially in front of their child. Parents need to recognize that friends' emotions will mirror their own: shock, fear, worry, helplessness. Since most friends want to help but don't know what to do or say, they will welcome any cluesyou can give about what might be helpful.
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