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Helping Kids Grieve

9:00am, 21 July 2014

Helping kids grieve

Breaking hard news to children is never an easy prospect - but whether it’s parents deciding to separate, the death of a loved one, or any event which can cause trauma for a child, there are some points which will help.

  • Keep it simple, small pieces of information spread out gradually may be best
  • Remind them that they can revisit the conversation and ask questions at any time
  • See the news from their perspective - keep around 80% of the talk on the impact on their world, rather than yours
  • Let them see your emotions, but reassure them that everything will be OK. They need to know that pain heals with time and you are strong enough to cope
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