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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can grief of a death influences a child's social development?

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Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes: Depending on circumstances (who died, what age, etc) counseling of child can be very helpful.
Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Grief: The caregivers grief or the child's grief? For a child the loss of a loved one can be a life-changing phenomena. They can indeed never get over it. Children don't process grief well because the adults don't know how to do it and they can't help the child. Much time has to be spent with child figuring out their emotions and helping them through it. It's never about just getting on with it.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment.

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