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What are some practical ways to help children cope with death that have worked for you?
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
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In brief: Honest and simple
Children actually deal with things like death in a fairly straightforward way.
Best way is to be simple, honest, and understanding. Answer questions, don't give gory details, and be prepared for the same question in several different ways. Rituals help, like allowing them to go to the funeral (not open casket or graveside). And especially allowing them to express their emotions.

In brief: Honest and simple
Children actually deal with things like death in a fairly straightforward way.
Best way is to be simple, honest, and understanding. Answer questions, don't give gory details, and be prepared for the same question in several different ways. Rituals help, like allowing them to go to the funeral (not open casket or graveside). And especially allowing them to express their emotions.
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