Talking with Children about Loss

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Whether it is the loss of a family member, family pet or someone else in a child's life, children need someone to turn to and help them cope.

How Children Deal with Loss

Inability to express how they feel, work past it
Depends on age and level of emotional development
Their grief might not look like ours
Loss can affect their feelings of security
May regress back to less mature behaviors, have outbursts

How We Can Help Children Cope

Take cues from child, give them a chance to talk
Be honest/direct and encourage questions
Let them know it is ok to be sad
Talk about your own feelings
Give an outlet to express grief: make a card, etc.

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