My 10 year old has had panic attacks almost daily for the last 3 weeks. We're going to a psychologist this week. Quick background, my mother in law lived with us for 5 years. She had a heart attack on Thanksgiving 2014. She stayed in the hospital for a few weeks and was then able to come home. She passed away suddenly in April of 2015 in our home. She hadn't been feeling well the week before and my daughter, then 8, told me she thought it was the end of Grandma. I tried reassuring her everything was going to be okay because we had been to the Dr. 3 times, they said she just had a bug. We were going to go to her cardiologist on Monday. I found her passed when I went to check on her Saturday morning.
Fast forward to 3 weeks ago. We had family come to stay with us for a few days. They brought their elderly mother whom is not in great health. My daughter really liked her, within days of them leaving she started saying she thought her own heart was going to stop. Has since turned into full blown panic attacks. I've taken her to urgent care and the fire department, both of which told her what was happening. My question is how do I help her? It is becoming debilitating to the entire family. She has a huge support group at home as all 5 of her siblings and both her Dad and I try to take turns getting her through these attacks. But it is becoming exhausting for us all, especially her 7 year old sister. As I said before we do have am appointment with a therapist, but what do I do to help her until then?
Thank you for any input