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Before you try to help your child deal with a loss, examine your own
thoughts and feelings about loss, particularly about death. Recall your first
experience with loss. What helped you deal with it? What was not helpful to
you? This is especially important if you experienced your first major loss when
you were a child. Remembering your experience may help you recognize and
understand your child's feelings. Also, the things that helped you may also be
helpful to your child.
Tell other significant adults in your
child's life about his or her recent loss. Child care providers, teachers, and
school counselors may also be able to help your child work through his or her
Here are some steps for helping children during the
Practice one of the activities above in the presence of
another adult. After the activity, ask the adult to tell you how effective they think the activity was for your child.
November 4, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Sidney Zisook, MD - Psychiatry
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