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A child needs extra help at time of grief

A child needs extra help at time of grief

Losing someone we love is extremely painful. For children it can be especially confusing, because children do not think like adults. Studies have shown that children cannot distinguish fantasy from reality until the age of seven or eight. This makes the permanence of death difficult to grasp.  Just like the cartoon characters that pop back up after they have been run over by a car, children often think that people who are dead will come back. Helping children grieve requires awareness and emotional sensitivity from supportive adults. The grieving process involves many stages of emotions that come and go over ...

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