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Child and Adolescent Grief Counseling Program Article on Kids and Loss

Good article about discussing death and grief over the loss of a loved one to a child.

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The article, ‘Grandma is dead’: five tips for talking to children about death, by nnalisa Barbieri states

“Death is a scary business. Just thinking about it is terrifying, so when children force you to talk about it, it can feel worse than a clown climbing out of a drain. So if you can outsource at least part of it, to Disney and Pixar, that has to be a good thing. A study published in the Omega Journal of Death and Dying, by academics at the University at Buffalo, shows that films by these particular studios (because there is more death in Disney and Pixar animations than others) can be a useful springboard to start conversations.

Some believe children should be shielded from the concept of death, as if simply mentioning it will cause it to visit itself upon you. This despite it being an absolute certainty that we will all – stop press – die. Thus the death of a relative is talked about in hushed tones; conversations stop when children enter a room; children aren’t allowed to go to funerals and aren’t told loved ones are ill until they are dying or dead. This is a mistake. Because if the adults find it scary, what hope does a child have?

The idea of using films to open up chats is useful because it introduces a difficult concept in an accessible way. Nothing works better than talking about death, easily, factually, calmly – maybe not every day, but often. Here are some tips:

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