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Dr. Dana Johnson: Talking to children about death : Wsj


Dear Dr. Johnson: My 6-year-old son’s grandmother has a terminal illness. How do we explain this to him and help him when she does die?

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight:

In this article, Dr. Dana Johnson looks over some of the important things parent and certified grief counselors should remember when talking to children about grief.  Among the most important is obviously being open with the child.  Obviously each child is different, but it is important to be honest about death and grief with a child.  You do not wish to pass on bad grieving habits.  Also, remember, if it is important to the child, then do not trivialize their grief but hold them and listen to them.

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