Our kids way over respond when they know or believe someone else is sick.
For example, at school, if a teacher or kid they like calls in sick, our kids will cry and be bummed out all day.
After talking with other Ethiopian families that experienced similar things, we have a theory.
In Ethiopia, people die when they get sick. Even a common cough, to which we do not give a second thought, is often tuberculosis or some other killer in Ethiopia.
So for us, sick means I'm a little under the weather. For our kids, sick means you're gonna die and I'm going to face another loss. That's why they react so powerfully.