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Helping Children Grieve

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No one in life will avoid the experience of grief. However, when our children are faced with loss how do we help? In again, another aftermath of tragedy, you may be facing not only your grief around the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school, but that of your child’s. Unless you never turn on the TV or buy a newspaper or magazine there is no escaping the media coverage surrounding this tragedy.

Questions may arise from your children. They want clarity and honesty. This is where you can set an example on how to process a loss and the subsequent grief. Remember, “Monkey see, Monkey do”?  Showing your grief and being honest about it, does help children learn. Most importantly, let them know they are safe, cared for and protected.

 

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