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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Helping Children Deal with Death


Children often have trouble coping with the loss of a loved one.  Here are some tips to help them deal with the grieving process:

  • First, have an honest discussion when breaking the news to a child.  Let the child react however they may need to and let them know you’re available.
  • Avoid euphemisms when describing death so the child is not confused about what happened to their loved one.
  • Keep an eye on the child to check if their grieving is becoming too severe.
  • If the child is still grieving six months after the death, consider a professional mental health counselor.
  • Don’t shy away from talking about the death; it is important the child understands that death is a part of life.
  • Surround your child with support, whether it’s through other family members, school counselors, teachers, or support groups.

See Helping Your Kids Deal with the Death of a Family Member, Backup Care, September 2013.


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